Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of specifying a research question.
  • Identify different sources of ideas for research topics.
  • Summarize the reasons why conducting a literature review is helpful.
  • Describe the steps in collecting sources for a literature review.
  • Discuss how to approach writing a literature review.
  • Relate the basic organizational structure of a literature review.