2.3 Literature review

A literature review seeks to answer a well-delineated research question and determine how much re-search knowledge exists on the subject and from what kind of point of view the subject has been studied and with what kinds of methods. A literature review describes the conceptual background of the thesis and how the present thesis relates to the existing studies on the subject.

Example structure (to serve as a template for the table of contents)

  1. Introduction
  2. Theoretic-conceptual points of departure (change the heading to correspond to the content of your thesis)
  3. Purpose and objectives of the literature review
  4. Implementation
    1. Method
    2. Collection and description of data
    3. Analysis of data
  5. Results
  6. Conclusions
  7. Discussion
    1. Assessment and applicability of the results
    2. Reliability