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Research Workshop: Got It? Get Lit! How to Do a Literature Review

A review of literature is an important first step in the process of writing a thesis or dissertation, or any paper for publication. It allows you to read and critique articles and books that have already been written on your topic or related topics, allowing you to both find sources and to assess the best way to hone your topic in order to contribute to a body of literature in need. The UNC Writing Center aptly summarizes the advantages of the literature review: "It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant." We will assist you in locating the sources needed to complete your review and offer guidance on the process.

Interested persons may rsvp by Thursday, November 15th.


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  • Jennifer Govan
  • 678-3022
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