n Journal of Public Administration - The purpose and relevance of a scientific literature review : a holistic approach to research




This article addresses the need to carry out an effective and efficient literature review when conducting research of any kind. Its importance cannot be underestimated as it provides a review of a body of knowledge as well as a basis for the research undertaken. The purpose and importance of a literature review are considered before focussing on the strategy and procedure to be undertaken for reviewing literature. Finally emphasis is placed on useful guidelines to researchers / authors in ensuring a practical literature review. A holistic approach is called for in planning the research journey.


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