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BIO 461 / CHM 461: Biochemistry II

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is:

  • A critical summary of the research on your topic
  • Used to identify gaps and weaknesses in prior studies, in order to justify new research on the topic
  • Recent
  • Includes primary research
  • Thorough and complete

Why is literature review important?

Your literature review should:

  • Show that your proposed research has not been done before
  • Justify the need for your research (based on gaps in the published works on topic)
  • Serve as a basis for experimental design
  • Guide your thoughts on results to expect
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