Literature review encouraged to work ahead and submit Chapter 2 in earlier dissertation courses.
In this chapter, the learner presents what needs to be studied within the boundaries of the problem space, presents the theoretical framework for the study, develops the topic, and specifies the problem statement. In order to perform significant dissertation research, the learner must first understand the literature related to the research focus. A well-articulated, thorough literature review provides the foundation for a substantial, contributory dissertation. The purpose of Chapter 2 is for the learner to develop a well-documented argument for what needs to be researched, the selection of the research topic, and formulation of the problem statement. A literature review should be a synthesis of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. It is not an expanded annotated bibliography, or a summary of research articles related to the topic. It is intended to reflect a deep understanding and synthesis of scholarly sources and empirical literature articles which define what needs to be understood and studied.
The learner uses the literature review to place the research focus into context by analyzing and discussing the existing body of knowledge and effectively telling the reader everything that is known, or everything that has been discovered in research about that focus, and what still needs to be understood in terms of the problems addressed, approaches used, and results produced. As a piece of writing, the literature review must convey to the reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic and build an argument in support of the research problem. Learners are advised to utilize a good source to identify predatory journals. One such source is Cabellâ€™s Directory of Publishing Opportunities.