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How to write a literature review - more great resources.
Now for the hard part - the writing!
A literature review is a purposeful kind of writing which should be:
- Well argued.
- Well supported by evidence.
- Well documented.
Be aware of your audience.
- Do not assume that your markers or reviewers know much about your specific narrow topic.
- They may need to be reminded of some background and need you to signpost the importance of the various parts.
- Write in a straightforward style - not too informal or formal.
- Use clear and unadorned English appropriate for your audience.
- Use the jargon of your discipline only when it is necessary.
Source: "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com
Differences between standalone literature reviews and those that are part of a larger body of work?
Both types of literature reviews should include:
- What is already known in the research area
- The characteristics of the key concepts/factors/variables
- The relationships between the key concepts/factors/variables
- The existing theories?
- The shortcomings in our knowledge, understanding and methods
- Views that need to be further tested
In addition to these, literature reviews that are part of a larger body of work should include:
- What contribution my research is expected to make?
Examples of literature reviews
Literature review examples as part of a larger body of work.
Look at existing theses to see examples of literature reviews written as part of a larger work. You can find examples from JCU using the search box below or use the Trove search box to find Australian theses.
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