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    literature review

    when you write a literature review should you talk about the findings of the authors in the past or in the present?
    example: thomson and walker (1998) ( "found" or "find"?) that there is a causal relationship between GDP and global warming. They ("examined" or "examine" ?) a sample of 300 firms dispersed over 20 countries etc....


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    Re: literature review

    I had the impression that this question was a good and advanced question. I am wondering if any one can help.

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    Re: literature review

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    when you write a literature review should you talk about the findings of the authors in the past or in the present?
    example: thomson and walker (1998) ( "found" or "find"?) that there is a causal relationship between GDP and global warming. They ("examined" or "examine" ?) a sample of 300 firms dispersed over 20 countries etc....
    You can use either. Or perhaps I should say that both are used, and other factors suggest which is preferable.
    In something as recent as this, I would use "found".
    That probably sounds paradoxical, but Thomson and Walker are possibly still working on this, and maybe last year they found something different. So 'find' would be wrong.
    If the news is very recent, "In 1998, T and W found ... but now they find ..."
    I would use "found" by default.

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