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HOW TO: Use Articles for Research: Literature Review

This guide provides suggestions for how to better understand and use articles in scholarly journals.

Literature Review

A literature review describes previous research or discussion that has been published on the topic. This review of the literature can provide a good overview of the topic and will outline what other researchers have found. The passage below shows references to the work of other researchers throughout the text, with their names and the year their research was published in parenthetical citations.