Literature review purpose and comparison to essays and journal publications

France, Adrian (2005) Literature review purpose and comparison to essays and journal publications. In: New Zealand Applied Business Education Conference 2005: Our World View. New Zealand Applied Business Education, pp. 24-32.

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One of the challenges that face students, lecturers, and scholars is to review the literature that has preceded them. Essays and literature reviews may be read and written by students. Lecturers may also read essays and reviews, and write reviews and then submit the article to journals. It is therefore important that these two groups of people understand the aim of literature reviews and are able to tell the difference between a review and other types of written work. The number of students that approached the author and the presentations by lecturers at various conferences indicates that students and lecturers could be better informed of the aim of a literature review. This article argues that a sound understanding of the aim of a literature review would equip students and lecturers so that the purpose of a literature review can be correctly achieved. With the aid of other conference presentations and publication material, this article describes the aims of: essays, literature reviews, and journal article submissions. The three types of articles are compared, with an emphasis on literature reviews and how they differ from essays and journal articles. The paper also provides useful descriptions of literature review purposes that will assist students on successful essay and literature review writing. Essays are prescriptive whereas literature reviews are described as research involving analysis and research implication statements. As literature reviews are different from essays, there are a series of questions that can be asked of students to check to see if they have a well written literature review.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 4-7 October, 2005, in Whangarei, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:Literature reviews, writing, essays, journal articles, research
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:1448
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Deposited On:20 Dec 2011 22:34
Last Modified:21 Dec 2011 02:51

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