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WRITING THE LITERATURE REVIEW presented by Colleen Cridland, Learning Skills Adviser for the Faculty of Science Colleen.firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing the Literature Review. The workshop will cover: Purpose of the Review Important considerations Stages of the Review
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WRITING THE LITERATURE REVIEWpresented by Colleen Cridland, Learning Skills Adviser for the Faculty of ScienceColleen.email@example.com
The workshop will cover:
(Summarised from University of SA nd)
The process of developing a literature review is not sequential. You may regularly return to an earlier process:
Compile a list of references
Find a system that suits you – be consistent
Identify the significance of a text:
Section 1 – The most important topic or a key concept
Section 2 – The next most important topic or key concept
Section 3 etc
(from University of SA)
There are many ways to organise the literature review. Whichever structure you choose, make sure the structure is apparent to the reader and that the review is logical and coherent
Common ways to organise literature reviews:
The research is discussed in chronological order. This may be useful to demonstrate the historical or developmental context of your research
The research is presented in consideration of the most significant aspects of your research area and discusses the key research in relation to the topic
Sections are devoted to various concepts or categories relevant to your study.
This approach begins from a wide perspective and progressively focuses on the specific topic of your research.
A combination of the above approaches
Address aspects of broader question
Associate Professor Graham Pegg discusses how a discussion of the literature leads the reader to the research questions:
The Hierarchy of the Question
CQU Library (2007). What is a Literature Review. Accessed March 15, 2009 from http://www.library.cqu.edu.au/tutorials/litreviewpages/what.htm
Learning Connection (nd). Research Writing, Research Education, University of South Australia. Accessed May 18, 2008 from http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/learn/ResearchEducation/?PATH=/Resources/research-Education/research+education/&default=Online+resources/Research+writing.htm
Study Support (2007). Critical Analysis, Deakin University. Accessed May 20, 2008 from http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/study-support/study-skills/handouts/critical-analysis.php#resources
University of SA (nd). Writing the Literature Review, University of South Australia. Accessed May 18, 2008 from http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/Resources/research-Education/research%20education/Online%20resources/Support%20materials/Literature%20review.htm
Acknowledgement to Dr Tomas Zahora for use of slides 3, 28 & 36, also to Mr Ed Irons for use of his Reading Ladder strategy