"A literature review is typically the section of a research paper, dissertation or thesis that considers the writing that other authors have already produced on the topic. A literature review may also occasionally be referred to as a literature search or a critical literature review. This latter term or label highlights that the central aim of a review is to critique, analyse, compare and contrast various writings on a given area."
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