Questions tagged [literature-review]

Questions about evaluating the current state of research on a topic by searching published material.

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systematic review- article selection question [closed]

I am in the process of writing my first systematic review (which will also be published). I am new to scientific writing. I hope some of you can help me with my questions. I am currently at the ...
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Does the authors opinions or solutions to the reviewed problem have to be inculded in a review paper?

I have submitted a review article and one reviewer stated "Authors should propose their solution(s) in this topic based on the analysis of different literatures." So my question is: it is ...
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How beneficial a literature survey article would be if it's about gender gap? [closed]

I am an undergraduate in physics and I am doing a literature survey project that highlights the gender gap in some specific field of research. My professor asked me to visit google scholar and related ...
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What format should sources be cited in a thesis Literature Review? [closed]

I have a LaTeX document with a separate .bib file that lists all of my references. When citing them in my Literature review, it appears as the number corresponding to that reference, not providing ...
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Should I find Theories during the Literature Review? [closed]

Currently, I am working on my Master Thesis. Before whenever we had to write reports, we had a section called "Literature Review" and a separate section called "Theories". ...
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Can I include other students' master thesis in the literature review of my master thesis?

Can I include other students' master thesis in the literature review of my master thesis? These master thesis that I found are published in Google Scholar and other online libraries/archives.
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Is it necessary to apply spaced repetition when reading research papers?

I'm an undergraduate who is going to be a Ph.D candidate this fall. After reading papers extensively for writing the literature review, I realize details in some papers, though I totally understand ...
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Are patents included in literature reviews?

I'm writing a literature review on synthesis and biological activity of some organic compounds, and half the references I found on SciFinder are patents. Are patents typically included in literature ...
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Finding citeable statistics [closed]

I am in the process of writing a literature review as part of an application for a master's course and would like to cite Facebook as being the world's most active/ popular social media (or 2nd or 3rd ...
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How to broadly assess the state of research for a topic? [duplicate]

This is coming from a non-PhD, please help me out: If I have a broad interest in a topic, and I want to assess what are the current (in the last 5 years I guess) high-impact research done in said ...
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Is It Common For People To Write Literature Reviews On A Topic For Someone Else?

I am working as a research assistant for a professor and I was hired to write a literature review on a rather broad topic that is well outside of my knowledge domain. I am concerned that i'll most ...
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How to manage literature when writing a dissertation/paper [duplicate]

How do you manage (workflow) writing the literature review for a paper or a dissertation? Unfortunately my current method of going on binge reading stretches while scribbling notes on random bits of ...
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Writing an Original State of the Art Section When There Are Recent (Meta-)Surveys for the Topic

Problem In many fields, it is customary that every paper has a section describing the state of the art of the field, to give a background and show familiarity with related works. While sometimes, this ...
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Is a higher amount of literature cited in an essay generally seen as better?

I'm a postgraduate M.Sc. student at a university studying math. Currently I need to write some essay/assignment (about 10 pages) for a seminar where we revisit already published work and describe it ...
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No mention of previous work = reject?

I am asked to review a paper for a fairly highly regarded conference. The paper presents some 'novel' algorithms to do a particular job, but it fails to mention any of the various related previous ...
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Are Systematic Reviews Efficient To Familiarize Yourself With The State-of-the-Art?

Problem I have to familiarize myself with a new sub-field fast, to the point where I can recommend an agenda/recommendation for further research. I thought about doing a systematic literature review ...
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Can I suggest the authors to hire professional writer for scientific paper as a reviewer during second review? [duplicate]

I have reviewed a scientific paper and suggested a major revision. They corrected it but still, I think the language quality is not standard. In this case, can I ask the authors to hire a professional ...
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Volunteer undergraduate research system feels wrong? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student at a large state university system. The system hosts a program that encourages undergraduates to get involved in research on a volunteer basis (suggested weekly commitment: 6 hours ...
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What are the efficient ways of keeping track of research literature?

I am about to start a research career in physics. I am trying to read plenty of research papers. Is/are there a smart way/ways (a software or something else) to keep track of the papers I have already ...
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What is the benefit of review a scientific paper as a referee? [duplicate]

I got an invitation to review a scientific paper from a journal. I accepted the offer to review but was wondering what benefits I might get if I review a paper? Can I write it in my CV as I will be ...
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Google Scholar Syntax quirks: results depend on order of search strings [closed]

I am working on a systematic literature review and noticed something quite disturbing since I want to base my work on Google Scholar results: The number and actual results returned by Google Scholar ...
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Would this be considered plagiarism?

I'm currently about to finish my BA thesis, and my topic is bullying. I have read several books, studies, and such that can be connected to my topic. I finished the literature review, but haven't ...
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How to deal with self-plagiarism or re-publishing of previous work in literature review paper?

I am writing a systematic literature review and the problem is that in my subject there are multiple cases of previous work re-publishing or self-plagiarism: the same authors write multiple (2-3) ...
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Repetitively citing studies in a literature review

I am writing my first literature review (not using a systematic methodology) and I am trying to put some thought into the underlying structure of the literature review. I have considered these two ...
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What is the key difference between the term “Research Gaps” and the terms “Literature Survey” or “Literature Review”?

The difference between the terms "Literature Survey" and "Literature Review" is covered in this question and answers. But how do they differ from "Research Gaps" in the context of a research proposal?
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How can I efficiently check the originality of my work?

I have worked on many ideas where I found later that they were already published, which was frustrating. I usually look around before developing my idea, but sometimes the articles I read or the ...
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Citing works in a list without having read them

I know this may seem a duplicate question, but I haven't find an answer to my question and I am scared to ask my supervisor. I am doing my literature review in sociolinguistics and I have different ...
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How to do a literature review on practical research (thesis)?

Some background, for my bachelor of science degree I have to do a practical research (thesis) for a company that develops software. At the end of my Introduction chapter I arived at the following ...
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Another student has been assigned the same MSc thesis as mine (and already defended)

I am in a dilemma as to how to approach this issue. Basically, myself and another student were assigned the same thesis topic. Only difference is, I have been doing it part time and she completed her ...
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How can I quickly sort what is peer-reviewed and what isn't in a wide body of literature?

I have long list of literature to review that I have inserted in Excel (title, authors, year, journal, etc.). I would like to quickly sort out which journals are peer-reviewed and which aren't. I ...
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What if I misunderstood something?

I am writing literature review at the moment I read many papers trying to understand the topic i am writing about and put what I have understood in my literature review. sure i reference every thing ...
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Book chapters and theses in literature review: to include or not?

Could/should scholarly book chapters and published theses (dissertations) be included in the literature review as sources? In theory, those are scientific publications, right? However, those are also ...
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Is it okay to paraphrase other authors' literature reviews?

I am currently writing a literature review for my bachelor thesis and I am not sure if what I am currently doing is acceptable. My approach right now is to look at about 10 different literature ...
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How to find related work in academic writing in the most time-efficient way?

I noticed that, for each research project, there comes a point where I have to consult the literature, and find all the previous research related to the current project. Unfortunately, I seem to be ...
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Thesis writing: context or literature review?

I am currently attempting to write up my doctoral thesis, which covers a couple of domains. It's heavily involved in farming data, but the PhD itself is in computer science. Naturally I start the ...
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Taxonomy in a review paper

I submitted a Review paper to a journal where the review committee reported Author did not make Taxonomy of the his review I do not understand their need. After searching the questions in this ...
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How to arrange reading for a literature review and writing it?

I am a studying for a master of management. It is the first time that I will write a thesis. I found the literature review difficult: I found several articles, but I do not know how I will do next. ...
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Is it okay to restructure a literature review to fit a broad topic?

I'm aware that most literature reviews follow a similar structure, which is: Introduce a topic Discuss and cross reference papers that cover this topic The literature review that I am covering is a ...
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How to get back to STEM phD thesis after a long break?

If one had to interrupt writing the phD-thesis (for various reasons, that don't belong here): What is a good strategy to get back and finish the thesis? The writing would take place while working on ...
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Can I cite almost total literature survey from a textbook unit?

Suppose I'm writing a research paper on topic T. Additionally, suppose there is a textbook or research paper on topic T that covers all the progress of the topic from its initial time to 2018 ...
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In a literature review, should I focus on how much my work will contribute to the discipline?

When I have previously published papers, I have written about how much my work contributes to the discipline and builds on the work of others. I am currently writing my literature review for my PhD ...
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My PhD thesis does not include a Literature Review chapter

I am due to submit my PhD in a week and I am starting to panic over not having a dedicated chapter with a literature review. My topic covers different fields of study so I have added some literature ...
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How to reference the results of Kaggle and other similar competitions in an academic paper?

I'm working on a topic in machine learning, and along with formal published journal and conference papers, there are some different approaches which have yielded decent results in Kaggle - but these ...
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How best to split up a comprehensive literature review

I've written (with a co-author) a comprehensive literature review on a particular subject. Here's the preprint (it needs some editing). We're very happy with the way it turned out, but the problem we ...
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How to save a literature review?

I have done a literature review, but every time I send my article to the journals I receive either major changes or a rejection because I have only searched in journals indexed by Scopus and Web of ...
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How should I respond to a reviewer's complaint about self-citation?

Recently, I submitted an article and got a response from a reviewer that I cited 6 of my own articles out of 44. The reviewer said that it’s a cheap act of self promotion. If I do not cite my own ...
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How to use a case study in a literature review?

I am writing a literature review and I may need to include three case studies. What is the best way to go about it? Am I allowed to include the whole case study for the reader's review and then ...
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Is it common to cite information from a think tank into one's literature review?

As I was researching information on topic X, I found a paper published by a Think Tank. Interesting enough, said paper supports the policy pushed by the Think Tank. So far, all sources used in my ...
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Equivalents of PubMed in other fields

I work in biomedical sciences, and whenever I need to look up an article - or find recent references about a certain field of biology - I just go to PubMed, because it collects information from the ...
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When writing a literature review, more specifically writing a summary for a source, is the use of quotes frowned upon versus paraphrasing?

Whereas I normally paraphrase information when I use a source for my literature review, I occasionally insert quotes (not to emphasize the information within the quote). All the reviews I've looked at ...