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Clarifying Terminology

1. Literature Searches vs Literature Reviews?

Please consider which of the following two options you would like to be the workshop's focus.

Literature Searches vs Literature Reviews
Type Description
Literature Search The researching process of searching for literature on a topic.
Literature Review The writing process of summarizing, sythesizing and/or critiquing the literature found as a result of a literature search.

2. Literature Reviews vs Research Essays

A literature search can lead to either the writing of a literature review or a research essay.

Literature Reviews vs Research Essays
Type Focuses on
Literature Review Developing understanding through summarizing, synthesizing and/or critiquing information. May be used as background or context for a primary research project.
Research Essay Defending a thesis or position through proof, explanations and/or examples.