Literature Reviews

Doing a literature review…

Most projects and dissertations you do will ask you for a literature review. They are just as important as referencing and is a process that involves sourcing, reading, organising and analysing literature. It is also a product that involves communicating your understanding and interpretation of that literature.

Why are they important?

They are important for many reasons:

  • To set your research in context and identify how it builds on earlier research.
  • To set out your ideas, sub-sections and concepts clearly, and explore and evaluate them.
  • To create a structure that will help you (and your readers) navigate and understand the literature.
  • To refer back to and help you to analyse your own results and provide potential reasons to explain what you have found.

Take a critical view

Doing a review requires more than just finding the relevant resources and information,

Your critical review

Your critical review will allow you to create an argument that exposes a research problem. In many ways, creating a literature review is very similar to doing a jigsaw puzzle in that you’ll need to consider how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together to present the bigger picture and identify and missing gaps.

5 Step Plan

Step 1: Define the Problem

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STEP 2: Find the research and read critically

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STEP 3: Organise and theme

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Step 4: Structure

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Step 5: Write up

Evaluating Material

Rather than just accepting what is written, look at the references at the end of an article and follow them up. Use your gut – does this look accurate? Do you agree with the interpretation presented in the article?

Use your own judgement and assess whether the sources are reliable.

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