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Questions tagged [literature-review]

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

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Referencing literature review in discussion

If I refer back to a cited source in the literature review while writing the discussion section, (undergrad dissertation) should I cite the author again or am I free to use the information that has ...
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How to read papers without falling into a rabbit hole?

Often while reading a paper, I will see a citation that that seems more relevant than my current one. I'll switch to the new paper, only to experience a similar feeling. Or maybe I need to look ...
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Which libraries are included in the Scopus citation database?

Is there a list of libraries which are included in the Scopus database? I am working in the field of Human Computer Interaction and searching for a list of included libraries (e.g. ACM, AIS and so ...
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How long should the background section of the literature review be for an engineering thesis? [closed]

I am writing my M Phil thesis in engineering, on the development of a new process for treating a particular type of wastewater. In my literature review I have a background section, which describes ...
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How to write the literature review part of a paper when 'the perfect one' has already been written?

Let's say I'm writing an original research paper about the design process in the helicopter industry. In the literature review (or context/related work) section, I want to talk about: the various ...
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Should I cite a paper for its literature review?

Let's say I'm writing a report about sociological consideration of Aurora borealis in hipster communities. I want to support the value of my paper by showing that the way in which people consider ...
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How does one ensure their knowledge of a field is complete when doing a literature review

I am a new grad student who is both excited and scared as I embark on this transformational journey. One concern that I have is establishing a current snap shot of my field and identifying boundaries ...
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Re-using literature review ideas in another assignment, paper, etc

Suppose that I submitted an essay of a literature review for 1 course and I have to prepare a study for another course with similar ideas. My questions: Can I 'copy' some of the ideas of the ...
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Literature searches in publications when you have limited access to journals

I'm currently at an institution that has a phenomenal library system. I think every journal article or book I've ever needed, no matter how old or obscure, was available to me. I consider myself ...
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Which methodology of a research paper around a proposed software system

Part of a systematic literature review, I'm looking to the methodologies of the papers I review, and many papers doesn't explain the methodology used. My questions is : Can I assume that a paper which ...
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How to determine which college textbooks are most widespread?

I've come to realize that there's a specific pretty basic topic at the level of college algebra/precalculus which is given competing, contradictory definitions in different textbooks (link). And this ...
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Why do some articles recite/repeat known concepts?

I am currently reading a paper which devotes a section to reciting key valuation basics in finance, such as the time value of money and DCF analysis. The paper goes so far as to explain the ...
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Term for reverse lookup of concepts

Suppose I have envisioned a concept that I am fairly certain has been explored before. I can describe its nature and its characteristics, but I do not know the formal name of the concept, nor its ...
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What is the etiquette on presenting work-in-progress that's mostly literature review in a conference talk in the humanities?

Is it socially acceptable to present a conference paper which is not (yet) highly original research? Being in the humanities, research requires much of literature reading rather than experimental or ...
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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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How to write a Literature Review when I'm not researching anything

I am doing a degree in Computer Science. I am not in my final year, however my lecturer has asked me to do a dissertation over the whole of this year as a sort of dry run. This is so when I go to do ...
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Should I include a summary of related literature and comparison of results in Review of Related Literature?

One suggestion I received for my thesis is to include a summary of related studies and compare the results with my results. Should I include the summary in Review of Related Literature? Is it a good ...
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What to call paragraph in relevant work chapter that explains relation to own thesis/research?

My second supervisor suggested that I add a final paragraph in my Relevant Work chapter which essentially explains why the discussed work is related to my own. I wrote the paragraph which explains ...
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Is it possible to do a literature review in the IMRaD format?

The IMRaD format (Introduction, Method, Results and Discussion) seems to be the gold standard in publishable scholarly articles in certain fields. I am wondering if I could get my literature review ...
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Literature review help, 3D reconstruction of human organs (non-bio nature) using CAD and 3D printers [closed]

My dissertation is on 3D reconstruction of a human kidney (non-biological nature) using CAD software and 3D printers. The main objectives set in brief are: -know how 3d printers work and identify ...
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Is a tree/graph visualization of methods literature a useful addition to lit review? [closed]

My PhD proposal includes a short lit review (3-4 pages). Some of the finest Proposal lit review examples I have been given have made good use of tables and plots to summarize the development of ...
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Do you have to be invited to write a review?

I am interested in writing a review on a topic that I am very interested in and am very well informed about. I would like to ask how does one go about doing this? I was told that you have to be ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for defining the scope and depth of the Related Work section in a thesis? [closed]

This might be a generic question but I ask it for a case of a Master Thesis. DO you have a rule of thumb for inferring the right amount and type of citations that go to your Related Work section. ...
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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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Ideas for and approaches to adding value to literature reviews

One of the tasks in my short-to-mid-term plan is to convert my dissertation into several research papers. In this context, I was thinking about extracting my dissertation's literature review (which is ...
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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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Publishing a literature review

Over the course or the past year, I've become very familiar with a specific topic through a careful and systematic review of the background and state-of-the-art. I think this could make for a nice ...
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How to write and publish a literature review [closed]

In Computer Science, you find yourself overwhelmed by the huge number of literature available over a certain subject. I searched online on how to proceed and write a literature review (in a way that ...
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Strategies to remember papers that you read

What strategies do you use to remember papers that you read? I usually take notes, but when after a while I look at the notes, I don't remember most of the details. So I have to go back to the ...
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What are we expected to do when citing literature?

Open any research article and it is littered with citations. I’ve recently been wondering what is expected of us when citing the literature: Are we expected to cite every reference relevant to our ...
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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 locate most important literature in an unfamiliar area

I'm a pre-doctoral researcher (does it exist?) figuring out my true interests and learning the craft. When I start exploring a new (that is, unfamiliar) area, I try to find the most influential ...
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What are the best tips for developing a framework to write a (systematic) review paper?

Perhaps, this is a meta-level question. Most review papers narrate the story of the field/problem or summarize a large but focused body of literature. The authors are usually senior level faculties ...
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Tips on organising the survey of a large body of literature

For a paper I am currently writing, I am doing an extensive literature review on a subject which is much more vast than I had anticipated. Are there any specific tricks and tips for organizing ones ...
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How do people in academia know whether their research, result, theorem or thesis is original work?

I am curious as to how academia continues itself without replication or reinventing the wheel. So many academicians in so many areas of work, how would one ever find out whether the work he or she is ...
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How to find only the papers that cite a particular article in an important way?

I'm having the following problem: There is some interesting paper (in machine learning) which is cited by 180 other papers (according to Google Scholar). From these 180, I want to find the papers that ...
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Introductory Structure of a Report Reviewing Established Knowledge

My question is set in the context of engineering and science. I wish to understand the contrast between the introductory structure for a report investigating developing/unproven research with the ...
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Do journal titles need to be included in a brief literature review in the introduction?

One of our thesis advisers insists (not suggests) that we include the title of the journal we are citing in the introduction, one part of which is a paragraph containing some of the reviews we will be ...
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What makes a publication (or a publishing forum) academically acceptable for inclusion in a literature review?

I'm in the process of conducting a systematic literature review and an integral part of this is the definition of inclusion and exclusion criteria for filtering the search-result-publications. A ...
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Is it necessary to understand every detail of a research paper?

I am currently an undergraduate thinking about doing a Bachelor's thesis (and publish one or two papers if at all possible). I have found an advisor in computer science (artificial intelligence). I ...
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How to 'stay up to date' in your field?

In academia, it's important to stay up to date with the latest 'hot' hypotheses in the your field. By 'hot', I mean the hypothesis that are most important/topical/relevant/popular. Perhaps the best ...
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What is systematic literature review?

I know what a literature review is and was wondering what makes such a review systematic? What extra steps do people usually go through when they do a systematic literature review? how is it different ...
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In a computing/software paper, is it acceptable to talk about alternative tools in a literature review?

I have to write a short literature review for a practical, technical white paper relating to computer security. Googling around, I find that most literature reviews focus only on previous papers or ...
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Is it approriate to point out errors in the literature review in a thesis?

In a couple of either books or articles that I have read as part of my research there have been some minor errors (when taken in context of the whole work) when they relate to the area I am ...
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How to account for publication bias?

I am doing a literature review in the medical field, which is as many other fields heavily impacted by publication bias. Is there any standard way to account for it? When am I e.g. allowed to say ...
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Is it acceptable to criticise papers when writing a related work section

When writing a paper it is important to discuss related work. I am working on a problem where two research fields meet. When I did a literature review I noticed that related papers often omit ...
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Is there a single academic database for Management Information System /Decision Support System area?

Until now, I have been gathering literature rather primitively (I think) by regularly searching with related keywords in Google, Google Scholar, and also some of the university resources like - ...
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At the beginning of PhD research, how to balance independence with satisfying my advisor's expectations?

I am at the beginning of the research portion of my PhD program and as is standard in this department, I am to begin my research by writing a small literature review of some relevant papers in my ...
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Maximum number of citations per sentence?

I'm working on a literature review for a masters thesis in the sciences, and I have a ton of sources that cover the topic. Many specific points are covered ad nauseam, and many similar ideas can be ...
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Are there any tools for organising literature with tags?

So when writing a manuscript I usually go about as follows: When reading papers on my topic I copy/paste or summarise those parts, which may be relevant for me and collect all these bits in a Word ...