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ITEE thesis coursework: Literature review

This guide shows you how to use the Library to find literature for your thesis. It covers searching and citing information.

Why do a literature review

Why do a literature review:

  • To understand what is currently known about a topic and ensure that the research has not been done before
  • To provide context for your research
  • You may be required to do a review to demonstrate the validity of your research proposal and to justify your research topic
  • To identify patterns and trends as well as gaps in the knowledge
  • You may need to defend current professional practices by providing evidence.
  • To evaluate and identify the most appropriate research methodology for your proposed area of research.
  • The literature review will also enable you to find out who the experts are in your area of research.
  • The review will present a clear case and context for your research project and will contribute to your dissertation.