What’s been done before? Working on your literature review
Your research must be linked to the existing body of knowledge (see Figure 2.1). Your reading informs your work and, as we discuss in Chapter 3, it provides the initial basis for selecting a topic and developing your ideas. The ability to review academic contributions within your subject area is an integral part of the research process. Your research problem – as expressed in terms of your aim/s and objectives – will only make sense if it is framed within what has already been done in your particular area of study. Most of all, your understanding of the literature will form part of one of the assessment criteria for determining what grade you will ultimately achieve (Chapter 15).