After selecting a topic to investigate, you will begin to locate and read sources.
You will also need to revisit your literature review in the final stages of your research to relate your own findings to what other scholars have previously found in your area.
At this stage you may need to explore fields that were not included in your preliminary review.
In essence, a literature review identifies, evaluates and synthesises the relevant literature within a particular field of research.
It illuminates how knowledge has evolved within the field, highlighting what has already been done, what is generally accepted, what is emerging and what is the current state of thinking on the topic.
In doing so, scholars focus on only the historical facets of predestination doctrine which are applicable to their own view of the concept.
Most works on predestination look at the Protestant concept, with others examining a strict orthodox Catholic interpretation.Conducting a literature review is an ongoing, non-linear, and iterative process.“Your literature review will inform your question, theory, and methods, and your question, theory, and methods will help set the parameters of your literature review.This is a cyclical process.” (O’Leary 2010, p.83)It is usually one of the first tasks that graduate research students undertake, and one of the last to be completed.You can see an example of where literature is dealt with in the annotated humanities example on the Thesis structure page.In disciplines which use footnotes for referencing, some of the literature analysis is carried on in the footnotes, in parallel to the main argument in the text above, as can be seen in the example below, from a history thesis.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.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).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.