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Research & Development | Posted 14 Aug, 2019 |

What is the difference between Literature Review and Bibliography?

Prreeti Radhika Taneja

Entrepreneur | Posted 22 Aug, 2019

There’s a big difference between literature review and bibliography.

Literature or literary review is, broadly put, like an essay. It gives an overview of a particular topic, discusses the pros and cons, and advice the readers. They are primarily meant to summarize, discuss and evaluate an argument that’s already made.

For example, if someone has published a research paper on “why the discussions around climate change are just hype”, you can write a literary review on it, evaluate the arguments, weigh-in the pros and cons of its sources and then make your own for/against conclusions.

The main objective of literary reviews is to conclusively answer the question.

(Courtesy: Stellenbosch University)

On the other hand, a bibliography is a list of sources that a person uses to obtain the information for her/his work. It is included in every essay, research paper, and thesis to help readers check and verify the facts mentioned in the paper. A basic bibliography includes the title of the source document (book, article), date of the publication, author, page number and more to make finding the relevant piece of information easier.

An annotated bibliography is slightly different. Sometimes just mentioning the source isn’t sufficient. You would need to provide annotations, which are small summaries (includes evaluation and analysis) of each source so to provide readers more information about them on the same page.

The main objective of annotated bibliographies is to provide readers with the accuracy and quality of the sources used by the author for her/his work.

(Courtesy: LibGuides.com)

Hope this answers your question.