Literature review evaluation

By John Dudovskiy

Brown (2006) maintains that the evaluation of the literature review needs to be undertaken on the basis of the following five criteria:

1. Purpose of the publication. The purposes of all of the publications reviewed as a part of the literature review have been identified in comprehensively.

2. Scope of the research. Before using a source as a secondary data for the dissertation its scope has been identified by establishing in what depth a particular article covered the issues associated with personal debts. Accordingly, the articles that did not cover the research questions in sufficient depths have not been mentioned in this chapter of the dissertation.

3. The authority of the publication. The authority of the publications and the credentials of authors have been taken into account when an article relating to the research questions have been critically reviewed. Especially, the authority of the articles available from the internet has been scrutinized greatly in order to provide the validity of the secondary research findings. Specifically, the articles from the web-sites, such as with no known authors, have not been used in the literature review.

4. Audience of the publication. Also, to whom the article was intended to was taken into account when analysing articles in terms of their inclusion in the literature review. For example, the articles written by financial institutions intended for their potential customers have not been used in the literature review.

5. Format of the information. The way information was presented in the article has also played a role in their inclusion in the literature review of the dissertation.


Brown RB, 2006, Doing Your Dissertation in Business and Management: The Reality of Research and Writing, Sage Publications

Category: Literature Review