The purpose of a literature review is to offer an overview of what is known about a topic. It will also evaluate the strength of the evidence on that topic. It usually contains a summary or an analysis of the key arguments in the existing literature. The literature may come from books, articles, reports, or other formats. Sources may contradict each other. A literature review also helps distinguish what research has been done and identify what needs further research. It does not present an original argument.
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