When is the best time to begin literature review associated with a specific research project (and why)?
A. After the research problem has been clearly articulated. B. After the data have been collected, but before they are analyzed. C. Based on personal preference; there is no single best time. D. Before or during the formulation of the research problem.
The correct answer to this question is A. A literature review is a portion of a research paper that reviews all of the previous research, findings, and work that has been done thus far in relation to your research question. Because of this, your research problem and question should be clearly defined.
You do not know what literature is relevant if you do not know what you need to research. The literature review helps the researcher create the study, which leads to development of data collection and data analysis. There is a standard order of events when conducting an academic study.