In addition, within research-based texts such as a Doctoral thesis, a literature review identifies a research gap (i.e.unexplored or under-researched areas) and articulates how a particular research project addresses this gap.
This is a cyclical, iterative process in that you will return to find and read more sources and incorporate them into your synthesis.
While many of the general considerations outlined in this module are pertinent to all research, there are some particular things to consider when writing a literature review within your discipline.
In the following sections, you will find additional information and advice for writing a literature review within specific disciplinary areas.
Practice-based research often leads to the production of a creative artifact, a body of work or a performance, as well as an accompanying exegetical text.
You will also need to revisit your literature review in the final stages of your research to relate your own findings to what other scholars have previously found in your area.
At this stage you may need to explore fields that were not included in your preliminary review.
In doing so, scholars focus on only the historical facets of predestination doctrine which are applicable to their own view of the concept.
Most works on predestination look at the Protestant concept, with others examining a strict orthodox Catholic interpretation.
Rather, it should include the key sources related to the main debates, trends and gaps in your research area.
Even if you’re in the early stages of your research and just beginning to conduct a literature review, it’s useful to consider the eventual role that your review will play within your thesis and the way it functions to orient your readers.