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  • molly736 9:33 am on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips on writing literature review 

    I am doing part-time PhD from past few months and have been managing my job and research quite well, but I have had some aborted attempts to write the literature review. Recently, I have gone through a bad patch of work. I have tried many different ways to write the literature review, such as mind mapping, just writing, etc. but nothing has come to my rescue and things have turned frustrating now. Can anyone give me few tips on how to write the same? It will be of great help.

    • Humbert 9:04 am on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Discuss on any other literature review given on the topic. Explain how your research will help in filling the gaps in that subject. At the end of the review, write a conclusion.

    • melisa72 12:01 pm on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I can completely relate to you. In the beginning, I was going through the same phase but my supervisor helped me go through this. He suggested thinking of it as a kitchen sieve. Start with the broadest topic and continually narrow it until you reach your final point.

    • sherry 12:04 pm on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I would also recommend Hart’s book. My supervisor advised it to me and I am thankful to him. It helped me a lot. It made my mind clear about how to proceed with the review.

    • Robbie 6:02 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I would advise you to pick 10-15 articles to use as the core of the review. Take help of these articles and analyse how they have been written.

    • London 3:03 am on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I will recommend you to read Hart’s book on literature review. It is a long book but the amount of knowledge it provides on how to write a literature review is well worth the time. It gives a lot of advice on how to go with the process.

    • Karl 10:05 am on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Start by identifying the problem statement of your thesis. Explain why this area of study is important. Give your reasons for selecting the research and how it differs from the already done research. Also, Your conclusion can provide support for an allegation made in the introduction, or simply critique the study to encourage more work in the area.

  • sherry599 2:11 am on December 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Not enough study material available for literature review 

    Pals, please advise me readings or any fruitful suggestion for literature review. I’m not finding enough criticism and material available to review and then compare and contrast with my own. What should I do now? I’m tired of going round and round in the libraries and bookstores. And I don’t find study material on internet reliable. I’m a PhD student of English literature and need to work on the renaissance era. Badly need help.

    • Robin 12:31 pm on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not true. You can find scholarly articles and journals on J.Stor and Academia.edu. They only contain trusted and high level of research papers. And there are number of academic essays, books, and literary criticism available on renaissance. It’s just that you must ‘research’ to get the right information. Narrow your topic down but must look for related genre and theories.

    • Dr S Loretti 12:33 pm on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Resist under-researched work please lest you should be ready to face rejection. Consult supervisor and professors of the concerned field and don’t be afraid to run after books, and journals. It is a PhD and this is why it is called ‘difficult’. Search for old journals, they contain vast information.

    • sherry599 12:37 pm on December 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to both for advice. 🙂

  • Dr S Loretti 7:51 am on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Taking notes for a better literature review 

    As you prepare to write a literature review for your thesis, you will read enormous amount of text. To make sure that you include in your literature review everything useful that you’ve read, it is important that you take notes. Notes will serve as a guide map to your confused and irritated brain!

    • keep a record of the keywords that lead you to useful articles.
    • keep highlighting or marking text that you believe to be probably useful.
    • Use spider diagrams or flow charts to join the dots! This particularly helpful when you need to draw a fresh inference in your research. Diagrams can also be used to study connections.
    • prepare a sheet where you enlist issues to be addressed in your research and against each issue mention whatever useful you read about it. Remember to mention authors and how they look at the issue. some authors may suggest and you may agree. Other times, you may disagree with what an author suggests. Whatever be the case, record it accordingly.
    • you can use a database like Microsoft one note or Evernote; or maybe a PDF markup manager. Reference managers like Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote will also help you organize all your reviewed papers in a systematic manner.
    • Academic phrase bank is a web source that helps you in phrasing your review better.
    • smita 12:06 pm on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      How to check the validation of review of literature? There is a plethora of information available. It becomes tedious to know which source is reliable for my research.

    • David 5:42 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      How to filter content to write concise literature review for my dissertation?

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