Dr. Abha Tiwari
Dept of English, TMIMT
Teerthanker Mahaveer University
The present paper explores the importance of a literature review as an integral part of a thesis or a research report, along with the way it is conducted and reported. The literature review is indeed a key to a research study, which keeps the researcher focused and helps delimiting his exposition and analysis within the ambit of his enquiry. It also helps in appreciating how best the researcher has been able to understand the nuances of the subject and argue his case with an amount of clarity and conviction, clarifying his ideas and perspectives with precision. Besides, the literature review also provides a tool to fathom the researcher’s grasp over the subject and to understand how far the queries made by him are relevant in the given context and he has been able to fill the void left by his precursors in the field.
Keywords: Literature Review, Thesis, Dissertation, Methodology, Investigation, Evaluation, Exploration, Findings, etc.