Recreation, Tourism, and Therapeutic Recreation (RTTR)


Steps to a successful literature review

A literature review is ... a careful examination of the literature pertaining to your specific research question or study. It highlights gaps in the field and addresses how your thesis fills those gaps.

A literature review is not ... a summary of the items you have found during your search, or an annotated bibliography. It is generally not an historical review of all of the literature in your specific area.

Remember, literature reviews are iterative, not linear, so you'll most likely find yourself revisiting each of these steps multiple times as you complete your literature review.

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Step 1. Define your project.

Step 2. Do preliminary research.

Step 3. Refine your focus and take a deeper dive into the research.

Step 4. Group and synthesize the literature.

Step 5. Place the literature in context as you write the chapter.