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Introduction to Literature Review

The focus of a literature review is to summarize and synthesize arguments and ideas without adding new contributions.  There are many different types of lit reviews that range from a simple summary of sources to tracing intellectual progression in the field or discipline.  You can talk with your professor and look at sample literature reviews for your topic to get a sense of how to organize it and what to report.

Once you have formulated a thesis statement, pick a few keywords that best describe your topic.  These will be the words we use to start researching your topic.

Example statement: How can I get my parents to give me money? or What are the factors that have shown will convince/force parents to give their children money?

Keywords: money and parent, age group: young adulthood

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