The literature plays a significant role in your research. Without a body of literature your own research would be undertaken in a vacuum and you would be unable to engage in the discussions and debates that are moving thinking forward in your area. Since you hope to demonstrate that you want to be part of these important discussions, you will need to show that you are conversant with the work that engages other researchers in your area. You will need to identify the seminal studies. You will also need to demonstrate that you have a clear understanding of the key issues and controversies, and that you have a handle on cutting-edge developments specific to your area. Anchoring your study in the context of relevant previous research will ensure that you are not charged with unfamiliarity of the field.
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