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Business Intelligence & Data Science: Literature Reviews

This guide provides the tools and resources to effectively use data for the improvement of business results.

The Literature Review

From Scribbr: "Writing a literature review involves finding relevant publications (such as books and journal articles), critically analyzing them, and explaining what you found. There are five key steps:

  1. Search for relevant literature
  2. Evaluate sources
  3. Identify themes, debates and gaps
  4. Outline the structure
  5. Write your literature review

A good literature review doesn’t just summarize sources – it analyzes, synthesizes, and critically evaluates to give a clear picture of the state of knowledge on the subject."

Preparing Literature Reviews

A literature review examines the current thinking in a field and illustrates the relationships between existing knowledge and your own work. It has multiple purposes, including:

  • Identify gaps in current knowledge;
  • Build on a platform of existing knowledge and ideas;
  • Identify other people working in the field;
  • Provide intellectual context for your own work;
  • Identify opposing viewpoints;
  • Discover transferable information and ideas

Consult the following resources for details about preparing a literature review.

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