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Literature Reviews & Research Trends
1. Review the literature on a specific topic for a given time period. Compare and contrast the coverage.
2. Understand the scholarly apparatus of a discipline by addressing the following questions: What does "the literature" of a discipline look like? What comprises it? Investigate the production and dissemination of information in a given discipline. How is the knowledge produced? By whom? In which media is it presented/communicated? What is the publishing cycle? How important is informal communication in the field? [adapted King's College & University of Newfoundland]
3. Have students follow the research trends for a specific topic. Look at a periodical index [or yearbook, handbook, etc.] at 10 year intervals. [adapted King's College & University of Newfoundland]
4. Select (or assign) a topic on which a review article was written a number of years ago and update that review. [adapted King's College & University of Newfoundland]
5. Develop a bibliographical essay that synthesizes scholarly works about a "classic" work in the field or topic. Explain why certain sources were chosen while others were excluded. Explain gaps in the literature or make suggestions for future scholarship and criticism, that is, what meaningful critical work remains to be done? Include a complete works cited page.
6. Survey the critical reception of a topic or work during specific time period. Discuss a major issue and the various scholarly or critical "camps" associated it.