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How to deal with recent review on your topic (in literature report)

User: Edwardianguy - 25 January 2016 17:20

Hello... First year literature review... there are 2 similar metaanalyses on my topic (approached from slightly different angles). I need to review the literature also for my first year literature report. Any suggestions about how I should treat those reviews?
Obviously, I will mention them and their results - but what about MY review of relevant studies - it is normal to re do the work of others (i.e., the relevant studies have mostly already been reviewed in those two metaanalyses).
Advice appreciated!

User: chickpea - 25 January 2016 18:54

My field is absolutely full of review papers (it seems like every second thing I find in a literature search is a review paper!) so I have just dealt with those in a section of my own review, discussing their main findings. As you say, they tend to be written with their own angle, so I've used them in much the same way that I would use other papers, i.e. as a summary of the work that's already been done and a way of pointing to the gap that I'm researching. I also found lots and lots of papers that weren't included in reviews (as the reviews tend to apply their own filters) so it hasn't really felt like I was duplicating work.

User: Edwardianguy - 25 January 2016 21:17

That's an idea - discussing them in their own section. Thank you.

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