Critical Literature Review

 In this assessment you should conduct both a formal academic literature source of refereed journal articles available through the library’s internet search engines. Find and report on a minimum of 10 articles from academic journals relevant to the research problem area. Details of the research problem areas relevant to your class will be provided by your lecturer. You need to find articles to help you understand relevant research in this field and to assist in formulating research questions and your approach to tackling the research problem. Then you should write a critical/thematic literature review. Do not organise this review reference by reference, sometimes referred to as an annotated bibliography (see http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/litreviews/whatis.html , http://www.literaturereviewhq.com/the-annotated-bibliography-literature-review-friend-or-foe/ for an explanation of the difference). From your search for existing information summarize the type of information found and any key conclusions that you can draw relevant to the decision or problem. At the end you should have a section summarizing the gaps and limitations in the information found and a few sentences describing your overall conclusions. This assessment should be between 1800 and 2500 words) not including reference list and any tables or figures that you may use. While the minimum requirement is 10 academic articles – they must be relevant to the research problem area. To find 10 relevant papers it is likely that you will have to read at least 20. So your search will include a larger number of papers. Therefore the assessment must also include a table at the end which lists all the academic papers you read, including those you did not use in your report. This table should include all the papers you found and a summary of the five key pieces of information you got from each and an assessment of how relevant each one was to the research problem. This assessment of relevance should only be a sentence or two long. If you evaluate a paper as relevant but did not include in the literature review you must also explain why not.

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