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EDH 491/492 Honors Education Research: Home



The Literature Review


A literature review assesses a body of research that is connected to your research question.


A literature review

  • Identifies what is already known about an area of study
  • Includes all the facets that might touch the topic
  • Helps identify questions a body of research has yet to answer
  • Makes a case for why further study of research questions is important


It is a journey that is cyclical rather than linear.  Expect to return to and refine earlier efforts as your understanding of the research changes and grows.  

  • Framing a research question
  • Searching through the existing work
  • Managing your search results
  • Synthesizing the content from the research literature you've selected
  • Writing an assessment of the existing literature

Interlibrary Loan - Get what you need.

If you click on Full Text @ UAB Libraries but still don't get your article you can get a book or article from somewhere else!

  • Interlibrary Loan [ILL] If you find an article or a book you need that the library does not have, use Interlibrary Loan to request the item from another library. This service is free to you; just login using your Blazer ID and password. 

    • Renewal of ILL materials.  Remember, these materials belong to another library. Please contact the ILL department at least one week prior to the due date, as they will need to find out if lending library will allow the material to be renewed.

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