Literature Review And Gap for PhD research

Choosing an untapped area in your field of study is the secret to successful research. The best approach to finding a topic that is unexplored is by reviewing the literature and identifying a gap in the existing research. Finding gaps comes with a bundle of challenges such as:

  • Dealing with the enormous amount of information
  • Organising the gathered information in an apt manner
  • Lack of access to valuable sources
  • Inability to challenge the existing knowledge base
  • Identifying specific arguments in the existing research
  • Failing to keep track of sources referred

Why Conduct A Literature Review?

Identifies key issues

By reviewing the literature, you can identify the key areas that are unexplored or require further research.

Evaluates state of topic

It helps you determine what is already known about the chosen topic and how extensively the research was conducted.

Determines methodologies

By critically reviewing the existing literature, you can figure out the methodologies used in the previous research.

Generates original ideas

Another major benefit of reviewing literature is that it generates new ideas or lays a foundation for new theories.

Our Workflow for literature review writing for PhD research

Our team, including subject-matter experts, follow an organised approach in determining the loophole in the existing research in your field of study. Here’s a glimpse at our workflow.

Identify the narrow area

After identifying your area of interest, we perform exploratory research to figure out a particular argument or issue in your field of study. We also determine the relationship between the previous & present issues.

Collect articles

In the next step, we collect relevant articles from databases, journals or published books (e.g., Web of Science, SCOPUS, etc.). On collecting articles, we pay attention to important sections to determine the areas that lack investigation.

Choose a research gap

We map out the literature and determine if the questions have been answered previously. We then choose a research question that was left unanswered or does not include any answer (research gap).

Validate research gap

We test the identified research gap or question and ensure it has the potential to deliver the expected outcome. In an unfortunate case, if the gap is unable to deliver the expected result, we revise the entire process.