A collection of textual or spoken works that share a common subject matter. Though the term traditionally refers to a humanities context and includes belles-lettres, prose, verse, fiction, or nonfiction with a recognized artistic value, the concept is appropriately applied to the social sciences realm as well.
In general, literature is considered to be something worthy of and important to record and preserve as a cultural marker.
Literature. (2009). In The SAGE glossary of the social and behavioral sciences. Retrieved from

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