As compared to the previous structure of a literature review, the exploratory type is more (as the term implies) “exploratory” or designed to survey previous works done in the field rather than evaluating them.
The outline of literature review of this type is usually employed with topics/fields which lack previous works done before it.
As compared to other types, the literature review structure of instrumental ones focuses more on the methods used and the tools employed during the study.
These types of literature review is usually used for both qualitative and quantitative works.
Identify and develop a research question/main idea. Example: Research shows that diversity training often fails in workplaces. What needs to be done to have successful diversity training? Example: Some key points in the literature on why diversity training programs are not working are 1) organizations are not managing diversity, 2) diversity training is focused on differences and not on the “valuing” of diversity, 3) training programs are not inclusive of the organization’s entire workforce.
Writing a literature review is perhaps the best piece of literature that a student can work with.
This is because writing a literature review only means that you are already near the end of your final requirement in your student life, which is either a thesis or even a dissertation.
But basically, a literature review simply refers to a part of a much bigger literature and is designed to assess the student’s level of proficiency and grasp of the subject itself.
Finally, the writer synthesizes (brings together) information from the other studies as evidence for each of the points that s/he is going to make.
Here are some steps to follow when writing a literature review: 1.