Utilizing Solar Energy to Meet Future Energy Need
The foundation of the research study begins with a review of theories, methodologies,
and measurement considerations central to the research question. The review identifies
gaps in the literature and how the proposed research adds to the knowledge base.
Whether the research question focuses on theory development, theory extension, or
theory application determines the appropriateness of the sources used. For instance, the
sources may include government documents, databases, books, professional journals,
refereed academic publications, and dissertations that form the rationale for the current
undertaking. Based on the nature of the research, the literature could also be focused on
similar contexts or practices to establish the importance of the project for particular
audiences, address their shortcomings and advantages, and provide justification for the
research project The literature must be evaluated and interpreted, properly referenced,
and presented in a manner which develops an argument for the importance of the research
and the appropriateness of the methods used in the research.
The literature review must: be a selective and analytical summary of the documents
essential to the research, be presented in a logical manner to support the candidate’s
claim as to the merit of the inquiry, and provide all the substantiation necessary from the
literature to proceed with the study. After completing the literature review section, the
candidate should be confident that it:
1. Supports the existence of the problem.
2. Includes contrary or controversial opinions fairly and objectively.
3. Is well organized and written to provide a framework for the proposed study.
4. Is analytical, and not just a presentation of what has been done by others.
5. Discusses how the investigation fills a void in the literature.