Questions tagged [literature-review]

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

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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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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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How to write a survey paper?

I want to write a survey on one emerging research topic in wireless communications (It can be applied to any field!). There are almost 500 papers on this topic as published or in early access. And the ...
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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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Literature Review versus Literature Survey. What is the difference?

I have read several articles about literature reviews. At the same time I found some guides about literature surveys. I am confused... how is a literature survey different from a literature review? ...
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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 can I express “I can't find any papers written about this”?

I'm an undergraduate writing a paper for a philosophy course in logic. My paper is exploring a relationship between Leibniz' logic and graph theory. In writing the paper, I've found some material in ...
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How to identify the publications that cite two specific papers?

Finding the citations of any particular paper is straightforward. But how do you identify the set of publications that cite two specific papers? The reason I am asking this is because I am trying ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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MathSciNet reviews license

I have been asked to become a MathSciNet reviewer. I personally find the database very useful, but I am a bit held back by the fact the database is kept behind a paywall. What is actually the ...
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What tense should we use when referring to a paper or experiments from other researchers?

While writing the literature review section, I am confused about which tense should I use (past, present perfect, or present) while referring to other people's work. I understand that established ...
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When mentioning a source in my literature review, how much detail should I add?

After reading several literature reviews, I noticed how quick to the point authors were when they mentioned a study. By that I mean they only discussed the results found within that study and didn't ...
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Difference between the problem a paper is trying to solve and primary research questions it tries to answer?

If a paper takes up an approach to solve a problem, isn't that what makes up the primary research questions it is trying to address? I have been assigned to read a paper and answer a couple of ...
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When mentioning the author of a journal I am using in my Literature Review, should I mention author's credentials?

In my Literature Review, I mention the authors of the published papers I use and the results found in their study. My question is whether I should reference the author's credentials alongside the ...
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When summarizing my sources methodology for my literature review, must I add a citation?

My professor told me to critically summarize and evaluate each work (for its premise, methodology, and conclusion) I am including in my Literature Review. I understand that I should provide in-text ...
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How exhaustive should I be when enumerating works in a State of the Art

I'm currently writing my PhD thesis' State Of The Art. I have subdivided the field of study. My problem is that I found my self on many occasions writing paragraphs as follows: 'Several authors ...
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Alternatives to Google Scholar for citation / lit search / BibTex entries? [closed]

Simple question: What alternatives are there to Google Scholar for finding citations, doing lit searches, and most importantly, downloading citation data in BibTex? There are lots of specialized ...
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Should I cite a really bad research paper published in my small research area?

I am working on a special topic in applied math. We are trying to explore a new and largely unexplored area in our line of research. Our hope is to be the first researchers to have solid results in ...
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How to write/represent the state-of-the-art analysis in a research paper?

I have found that one of the most common remarks from the reviewers is regarding the "state-of-the-art". Especially in terms of applied research. Something like: The authors have not discussed the ...
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How to find a list of all articles published by a particular journal?

My colleagues and I are looking into ways to get a list of all articles published for the history of a given journal. Primarily, we are looking to for a list that includes title, authors, year, ...
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Referring to previous literature review

How valid is to refer to previous literature reviews in other papers to 'create' a thorough review? The thing is that I am working in a new methodology, which I will compare with the current state-...
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How to read without specific purpose?

Posting for a friend, but in first person for simplicity. I am a research master student in linguistics of a particular language. In my bachelor thesis and some coursework I specialised on a very ...
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How to justify selection of existing algorithm for a new application area?

So, I have found an application which could benefit from a machine learning algorithm: There is a pretty standard method in my area of research for design of experiments and I have discovered that ...
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How common is it for a paper to be wrong?

I am a student in computer science and I recently started working on my M.Sc. thesis. Now I am reading a 2011 paper with about 170 citations that was published in a well-known conference. In part of ...
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Comparison of current work to the state of the art in a (journal) paper

My last paper evaluations in journals (rejects/major reviews decisions) emphasized I should make more clear the novelty and strengths of my work in comparison to the state of the art. Which style is ...
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How to reference studies mentioned in a paper without having to read the original papers?

I'm review the literature at the moment. Now I'm reading a paper that mention other studies. How can I reference them without reading the original papers?
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The difference between literature review and background sections of a dissertation

I was assuming these two were the same. What is the difference between them? How does one relate to another? The context here is an MA (Master of Arts) level social science dissertation in UK ...
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Literature Review Tables: Plagiarism or Fair Use

I am in a debate regarding tables developed for a literature review which include Author, Year, Type of Study, Methods, and Results. I believe all components of the table should be paraphrased, but a ...
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What is the difference between a literature survey and a conceptual paper?

What is the difference between a literature survey and a conceptual paper?
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Refuted papers: do they belong in a literature review?

I'm writing a detailed review article (for submission for publication) that aims to survey the various proposed explanations for a particular biological phenomenon. I'm aware of one explanation (that ...
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What is the minimum number of research articles that must be cited to write a review article?

I have extensively researched about a new area as part of my Doctoral research and want to write and publish a review article in some Science Citation Indexed (SCI) journal. But the problem is that ...
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Should patents be included in review articles?

If so, then how should one reproduce the patented drawings in the review articles without any copyright (IPR) violation ??
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Expected size of search results for a meta-analysis?

I'd like to perform a meta-analysis on the efficacy of web-based counsellor interventions across different modalities (text counselling, video counselling, etc.) To do so I created the following ...
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Whom to cite when describing an argument in another paper that builds upon yet another paper?

There is a research Paper Y which presents some experimental result. The author has cited Paper X to justify and explain the reason of that result. I am writing a review paper and included the result ...
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Thematic synthesis in a systematic review paper [closed]

I have been currently conducting a systematic review. I used the classification framework approach, and I organized the articles in my field into three main categories (e.g. A, B, C). However, I am ...