Literature Review: A Self-Guided Tutorial

Critically analyze and evaluate

5. Critically analyze and evaluate

Ask yourself questions like these about each book or article you include:

  • What is the research question?
  • Why is this work significant?
  • What are the major themes and main conclusions?
  • What research methods were used?
  • What are the main conclusions? Are they reasonable?
  • What theories are used to support the researcher's conclusions?

Take notes on the books and articles as you read them and identify any themes or concepts that may apply to your research question. Use the template below as a guide for taking notes.