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Chapter 4 in: Paulus, Trena M, et al. Digital Tools for Qualitative Research. London, : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2014. SAGE Research Methods. Web. doi: 10.4135/9781473957671.
"Literature Review as a Critical and Creative Process Literature reviews demonstrate your ability to critique and synthesize the previous research in such a way that a new perspective is gained (Boote and Beile, 2005). Rather than a simple summary, a literature review should, through critical analysis, articulate a new interpretation of previous work to be shared with the research community. Contrary to how the literature review is often understood, it is a creative process ‘in which the knower is an active participant constructing an interpretation of the community and its discourse’ (Montuori, 2005, p. 375). It is a construction, through critical analysis, rather than a mere reproduction, through summary, of what has been said before."
The Project Planner tool in SAGE Research Methods includes a section which takes you through the literature review process, explaining the reasons for reviewing the literature and differentiation between the types of literature available.