What is the Purpose of the Review of Related Literature?

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In writing a research paper, a section is devoted to the review of related literature. Why is there a need for search section to be there? Why should a researcher take time to write a review of related literature? Can this section be skipped in conducting an empirical investigation?

A discussion of the reasons behind the need to write a review of literature will help clarify this vital component of the research paper.

Overall, the purpose of the review of the literature is to provide an overview of the literature about the researcher's chosen topic of inquiry. The overview will help to determine the current state of research. the same line of interest and what needs to be done. The researcher would want to fill in the "gaps in knowledge."

Why is there a gap in knowledge in the first place?

Although it has gone a long way in the history of modern civilization, it has become more and more popular man as a tool is not ready to provide all the solutions to the many problems besetting man.

A cure for cancer, for example, may work for some people but not for everyone. There are always deviants, or exceptions to the rule. This leaves questions that will war on the issue. Questions may arise like "Why is the cancer cure for the majority of people not working for a specific group of people?" or "Are there other factors, inherent in the specific group of people, that influence the effects of the cancer?"

The answers to these questions are not easy to come by. A good researcher, therefore, wants to make an exhaustive review of literature that will help clarify the issue. It wants to help researcher avoid doing it.

Help the researcher avoid doing it things which have been done before. He can focus his research on those issues which, after rigorous analysis of the literature at hand, are still left unanswered. This will mean savings in time, money and effort.

© 2012 July 29 Patrick A. Regoniel

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Source by Patrick Regoniel, PhD