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Choosing a topic
Your lecturer will usually provide a topic for your literature review in a piece of assessment. However topics are often quite broad and you will need to develop a focus and title for your review.
Postgraduate students and researchers
You should have an idea of what you want to research when you applied to study. Once you have a supervisor allocated, they may suggest a working title that you should keep as close as possible to the spirit of.
You must ultimately have a focused topic to do a focused review.
- Keep your working title in front of you so that you don't get distracted by fascinating but peripheral things.
- Work out your parameters, such as demographics (age, sex, income, education), geography, methodologies, currency of and types of resources
- Do not change the focus of your review just because you find a couple of very useful and interesting papers in an alternative focus area!
- However, it is possible that you will have to further refine your topic once you have started searching and have an idea of the scope of your topic.
Choosing your dissertation topic: Cheat sheet
University of Manchester Library. (n.d.). Choosing your dissertation topic: Cheat sheet. Manchester University. https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/learning-objects/mle/dissertation-topic/story_content/external_files/cheat-sheet.pdf
How to write a research question: Types, steps, and examples
Bouchrika, I. (2022). How to write a research question: Types, steps, and examples. Research.com. https://research.com/research/how-to-write-a-research-question
Developing research questions
Monash University Library. (n.d.). Developing research questions. Monash University. https://www.monash.edu/library/help/assignments-research/developing-research-questions
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