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Gain an understanding of the current

state of knowledge about your selected


research topic.
will tell you whether the problem you
have identified has already been
researched. If it has, you should either
revise the problem in light of the results of
other studies to build on the previous
literature or look for another problem,
unless you think there is a need to
replicate the study.
will assist you in forming your research
questions.
might give you ideas as to how to
proceed with and design your study so
that you can obtain an answer to your
research question.
can point out methodological
problems specific to the research
question you are studying.
Are special groups or special pieces of
equipment needed to conduct the
research?
If so, the literature can give clues as to
where to find the equipment or how to
identify the particular groups of
participants needed.
can identify appropriate data-
collection instruments so that you will not
need to construct a new instrument.
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Conway, C. "The Experiences of First-Year Music Teachers: A Literature
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Beuteau, Chantel, Neil Marshall, Daniel Jarvis, and Zsolt Lavicza.
"Integrating Computer Algebra Systems in Post-Secondary Mathematics
Education: Preliminary Results of a Literature Review." International
Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education 17 (2010): 57-68. ERIC.
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El-Atwani, Kadriye. "Envisioning Multicultural Education Development in
U.S. Islamic Schools in Light of Reviewed Literature." Multicultural
Perspectives 17.3 (2015): 145-51. Web. 10 June 2016.
Pickering, Catherine, Julien Grignon, Rochelle Steven, Daniela Guitart,
and Jason Byrne. "Publishing Not Perishing: How Research Students
Transition from Novice to Knowledgeable Using Systematic Quantitative
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Confronting Beginning Researchers in Conducting Literature Reviews."
Studies in Continuing Education 38 (2016): 47-60. ERIC. Web. 10 June
2016.