Role of Literature in Research

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THE ROLE OF LITERATURE REVIEW IN THE RESEARCH PROCESS

A TERM PAPER

PRESENTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE COURSE

RESEARCH METHODS

BY

SIAW-ASAMOAH JOYCELYN

Literature simply is a body of written works. It is what has been written to be investigated, thus an existing body of written works or knowledge on a chosen topic or problem area. The name is often applied to those imaginative works of poetry and prose distinguished by the intentions of their authors and the excellence of their execution. Literature may be classified according to a variety of systems, including language, national origin, historical period, genre, and subject matter.

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Literature may be reviewed in the research process either: • at the start of the research or project work when the topic has been chosen. This is mainly to structure the research problem or • through out the project to be able to update the literature on the research topic. This aspect is called the critical review because it demonstrates the awareness of the current state of knowledge on the subject, its limitations, and how the proposed research aims to add to what is known, (Jankowics,1995).

FUNCTIONS OF THE LITERATURE REVIEW:

The functions of literature review can be determined through the assessment of its purposes. The purposes of literature review can be listed as:

• Distinguishing what has been done from what needs to be done; • Discovering important variables relevant to the topic; • Synthesising and gaining a new perspective; • Identifying relationships between ideas and practice; • Establishing the context of the

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