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The Literature Review
Access the Literature for the literature review
Retrieve the Literature for the literature review
Review the Literature for the literature review
Write the Literature Review
Reference the Literature Review
It is imperative that you understand how to access and retrieve research for your dissertation or thesis.
1 What are search engines and how do I use them?
2 How do I search? Key word searching
3 What sort of literature do I need to collect?
4 What do I now do with literature I have collected?
5 Harvard referencing of the literature
The Literature Review
The literature review will most likely be carried out throughout the whole research process but more extensively at the beginning of the research.
The literature review involves reading and critically appraising what other researchers have written about your subject area.
The literature review is one of the earliest stages in the research process
The literature review amounts to a significant proportion of dissertation content.
The literature review basically searches for material which is relevant to the subject of your dissertation with the intention to describe and analyse what has been written by others.
Allow sufficient time to cover the activities involved in undertaking a literature review!
The Literature Review Critical Reading Skills
The literature review should be critical rather than merely descriptive
It is worth recording relevant critical points for the literature review so take notes
Developing a critical approach is not necessarily one of simply criticizing the work of others
The Literature Review Critical approach entails moving beyond mere description and asks questions about the significance of the work
How does the article/research found relate to other articles/research you have found?
Are there any apparent strengths and deficiencies - perhaps in terms of methodology or in terms of the credibility of the conclusions drawn?
What theoretical ideas have influenced the item?