This is a cyclical, iterative process in that you will return to find and read more sources and incorporate them into your synthesis.
This is a cyclical, iterative process in that you will return to find and read more sources and incorporate them into your synthesis.While many of the general considerations outlined in this module are pertinent to all research, there are some particular things to consider when writing a literature review within your discipline.
A successful scientific literature review will not only identify the current gap in knowledge, but also position your own research project as a viable way of addressing it.
You thus need to build a solid argument to convince the reader thatyour theoretical and methodological approach is likely to result in a worthwhile contribution to knowledge.
This is reflected in scholarship that deals with predestination.
Historians and theologians tend to focus primarily on its place within Protestant thinking and its role in the Reformation, generally seeing the earlier Catholic inheritance as something that began with Augustine and stopped with Aquinas.
A literature review written in the early stages of research is likely to change because you need to review and revise it from time to time and ensure it is up to date.
You will probably find yourself engaging with the literature in different ways at different stages of your research.
In particular, scholars have focused on the abstract, speculative aspects of predestination rather than on the body of doctrine and moral instruction that it involved.
The study of predestination very much revolves around attempting to define the concept for a modern audience, or defining it narrowly regarding one particular theological viewpoint (such as Aquinas or Calvin).
In the following sections, you will find additional information and advice for writing a literature review within specific disciplinary areas.
Practice-based research often leads to the production of a creative artifact, a body of work or a performance, as well as an accompanying exegetical text.