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Learning Literature Thru Writing and Vice-versa

Learning Literature Thru Writing and Vice-versa

How did writing a critical review prepare you for writing a literature review? What do you still need to learn/practice before you are ready to write a literature review?

A critical review is that in which you analyze and evaluate an article or book; whereas a literature review, which is a type of critical review, will analyze and evaluate many sources. In a critical review you will focus on the claims made in the piece and determine your position with or against it. You summarize the main ideas and form your critique. Writing a critical review helped prepare me for writing a literature review by: helping me understand how to analyze and evaluate an article; identify with the purpose of an authors’ argument; determine how secondary sources support or oppose an authors’ assertion; taking notes; formatting ideas and arguments; summarizing; understanding the importance of research; and much more - I'm still learning!

Before I begin to write a literature review, I still need to work on: organizing my paragraphs; proper use of the comma; shortening my sentences; eliminating any wordiness; and proper phrasing of arguments with pertinent support. Also, even though a literature review is a type of a critical review, I still need to familiarize myself with the specifics of what a literature review.

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“Preparing a Literature Review,” IECIVIL, 2018, http://www.iecivil.com/2018/01/preparing-literature-review.html

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