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Annotated Bibliographies and Literature Reviews

What is a literature review?

A literature review and an annotated bibliography are not the same thing. A literature review is much more comprehensive than an annotated bibliography and should include all of the major published ideas on a certain topic. It is designed to bring context and history to your own research, and to show how it fits into the larger body of work. Think of a literature review like a puzzle; it will give you an idea how all of the pieces fit together to make a larger picture. A literature review is also typically a section within a larger research paper which will compare and contrast the author’s findings with that of others.

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