People often talk about "finding a gap in the literature", but it's not always clear what exactly that means or entails. I wouldn't ever tell anyone to try to find a gap in the literature as a starting point, because;. Instead of searching for a gap in the literature, think of it as finding an edge to work on; taking existing research and developing it further; improving upon it, answering open questions or taking it in new directions. Start by just reading; when you find an interesting paper, think of how you could build upon it. A lot of the ideas you think of won't be practical, but that's OK!
How to find a gap in the literature
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This article is an excerpt from a lecture given by my Ph. She advised us on how to identify research gaps to pursue innovative research in our fields. Today we are talking about the research gap: what is it, how to identify it, and how to make use of it so that you can pursue innovative research. Now, how many of you have ever felt you had discovered a new and exciting research question, only to find that it had already been written about? I have experienced this more times than I can count. Graduate studies come with pressure to add new knowledge to the field. We can contribute to the progress and knowledge of humanity.
How to Determine When to Form a Hypothesis: Before or After Literature Research
Humanitarian logistics literature has extensively studied epidemic impacts; however, there exists a research gap in understanding of pandemic impacts in commercial SCs. To progress in this direction, we present a systematic analysis of the impacts of epidemic outbreaks on SCs guided by a structured literature review that collated a unique set of publications. The literature review findings suggest that influenza was the most visible epidemic outbreak reported, and that optimization of resource allocation and distribution emerged as the most popular topic.
The aim of all research is to add to or enhance existing knowledge. Arguably, we can only achieve this once we understand the work that has already been carried out in a given field. There are varying opinions, depending on the field of inquiry and methodological approach involved, regarding the level of familiarity a researcher should have with existing literature prior to commencing fieldwork, however it is generally accepted that research should fill gaps in the literature. The most obvious way to find a research gap is simply to read and analyse the relevant literature.