What is a Literature Review?
A Literature Review is a critical review of existing knowledge on areas such as theories, critiques, methodologies, research findings, assessment and evaluations on a particular topic. It is not simply a summary to gather information from reports, journals and articles. A literature review involves a critical evaluation identifying similarities and differences between existing literatures and the work being undertaken. It reviews what have already been done in the context of a topic. Therefore, on the basis of the existing knowledge, people can build up innovative idea and concept for further research purpose.
Generally, a literature review consists of the aim, body, conclusion and references. In some scenarios, a literature review may be integrated into a research proposal. If this is the case, the sections of hypotheses and methods will be included. The sections of aim, hypothesis, and method should be approximately 10% of the length of the literature review.
|Y||Take Time to Set|
|Take Time to Answer|
|Take Time to Correct|
|Take Time to provide Feedback|
|Y||Suitable for Large Class|
|Y||Can substitute with Computers|
|Y||Process Oriented Method|
|Y||Product Oriented Method|
|P = Possibly Y =Yes|
|Aim:||Aim was clearly outlined and comprehensively justified||Aim was outlined and justified||Aim was outlined but failed to justify||Aim was not outlined and justified|
|Background:||Provided a very comprehensive and detailed background; a wide and deep coverage of the topic||Showed a detailed background but not comprehensive enough; sufficiently covered the work but a few areas not deep enough||A background with basic information; some key points missed; covered the topic at a general level||Lacked of significant details in the topic|
|Critial analysis:||A comprehensive and critical analysis; applied the existing literatures to support the arguments/ the aim of study; identified the limitations of literatures||Some critical analysis; applied the existing literatures to support some arguments/ the aim of study; showed a few limitations of the literatures||A limited critical analysis; presented the existing literatures in a descriptive way; a limited analysis on the limitations of literatures||No critical analysis; only described some existing literatures; the limitations of literatures were not mentioned|
|Evaluation:||Showed a comprehensive analysis of the similarities and differences between existing work and the studentís work||Showed a basic analysis on the similarities and differences between existing work and the studentís work||Very limited analysis on the similarities and differences between existing work and the studentís work||Failed to analyze the similarities and differences between existing work and the studentís work|
|References:||Referencing and citation style was correct and consistent between the list and the text; reference list completely concise without errors||Referencing and citation style was consistent between the text and the list; reference list with only a few minor mistakes||Some references were inconsistent between the text and the list; reference list with some mistakes||Many references were inconsistent between the text and the list; a number of mistakes in the reference list|
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Chan C.(2009) Assessment: Literature Review, Assessment Resources@HKU, University of Hong Kong [http://ar.cetl.hku.hk]: Available: Accessed: DATE