With a focus on creative practice, your research may not necessarily be guided by an explicit research question or a gap that your research aims to address.
Nonetheless, a literature review should still contextualise and situate your practice, processes and/or work.
In the following sections, you will find additional information and advice for writing a literature review within specific disciplinary areas.
Practice-based research often leads to the production of a creative artifact, a body of work or a performance, as well as an accompanying exegetical text.
Literature refers to a collection of published information/materials on a particular area of research or topic, such as books and journal articles of academic value.
However, your literature review does not need to be inclusive of every article and book that has been written on your topic because that will be too broad.This involves identifying and discussing the key concepts, ideas and theories that are relevant to your research.In addition, it involves analysing the relevant practices, processes and/or work of other practitioners, whether they be architects, artists, designers, musicians, performers, writers or other key practitioners and researchers.A literature review written in the early stages of research is likely to change because you need to review and revise it from time to time and ensure it is up to date.You will probably find yourself engaging with the literature in different ways at different stages of your research.In addition, within research-based texts such as a Doctoral thesis, a literature review identifies a research gap (i.e.unexplored or under-researched areas) and articulates how a particular research project addresses this gap.You will also need to revisit your literature review in the final stages of your research to relate your own findings to what other scholars have previously found in your area.At this stage you may need to explore fields that were not included in your preliminary review.Humanities theses are generally divided into chapters which each deal with an aspect of the research problem.There is usually also a short literature review in the introduction, to situate and justify the study, but often further appropriate research literature is integrated into each chapter.