Critical Evaluation of Literature

  • Robert L. Shewfelt


An effective scientist must develop a balance between the literature and the laboratory. A thorough knowledge of the literature is necessary to learn what research has been conducted in a certain area and identify future needs. Publication of our results must be placed in the context of previous work and point to future directions. This chapter focuses on what to look for and how to evaluate what we find. For details on finding the appropriate literature and how to organize it, see Chap. 14.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Shewfelt
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  1. 1.Department of Food Science & Technology Food Process Research & Development LaboratoryUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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