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ENVS 111: Mixed Methods for Environmental Research

This research guide was created to support ENVS 111: Mixed Methods for Environmental Research.

What is a literature review?

A literature review is... A literature review is NOT...
An analysis of scholarly work that relates to your topic Just a summary of sources
A representation of the literature that provides a background on your topic A group of broad, unrelated sources
An attempt to find the gaps or themes in the literature "Everything" that has been published on a topic
Considered "secondary literature" because they summarize existing research A book review

Source: Hempel, Susanne. Conducting Your Literature Review. American Psychological Association, 2020.

Conducting a Literature Review in 5 Simple Steps