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Conducting a Literature Review
Writing a Literature Review
A literature review can be described as an examination of the existing research publications on the topic area of a new study, to discuss their theorizing, research designs, data collection methods, findings, strengths, limitations and contexts as relevant to the new study. This often includes the researcher’s own views, observations and alternative explanations to the findings as to what other factors may have given rise to those findings.
- Read the most relevant work to your thesis topic, don’t try to read everything.
- Your first draft will not be perfect, so it is important to write as many drafts as you can to refine your ideas. Do not merely read and not write anything as you go along.
- Keep full bibliographic information of every source, failure to do so can easily lead to you plagiarizing other researchers’ work.
- Organize your literature review by ideas rather than just organizing it chronologically. In this way, it shows that you have analyzed and evaluated your sources and found commonalities among them.
- Keep your literature review focused; this can be done by remembering the purpose of your study
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Literature Review and Research Design by Designing a research project is possibly the most difficult task a dissertation writer faces. It is fraught with uncertainty: what is the best subject? What is the best method? For every answer found, there are often multiple subsequent questions, so it's easy to get lost in theoretical debates and buried under a mountain of literature. This book looks at literature review in the process of research design, and how to develop a research practice that will build skills in reading and writing about research literature--skills that remain valuable in both academic and professional careers. Literature review is approached as a process of engaging with the discourse of scholarly communities that will help graduate researchers refine, define, and express their own scholarly vision and voice. This orientation on research as an exploratory practice, rather than merely a series of predetermined steps in a systematic method, allows the researcher to deal with the uncertainties and changes that come with learning new ideas and new perspectives. The focus on the practical elements of research design makes this book an invaluable resource for graduate students writing dissertations. Practicing research allows room for experiment, error, and learning, ultimately helping graduate researchers use the literature effectively to build a solid scholarly foundation for their dissertation research project.
Publication Date: 2019-11-26