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PY2106: Human Development Across the Lifespan Guide: Writing a Thematic Analysis

What is a thematic analysis?

A thematic analysis is used in qualitative research to focus on examining themes within a topic by identifying, analysing and reporting patterns (themes) within the research topic. It is similar to a literature review, which is a critical survey and assessment of the existing research on your particular topic.

The following links provide more information about the thematic analysis process.

Thematic Analysis Process

Writing a literature review

You may also find these resources on writing literature reviews useful to help you write your analysis.

Writing a literature review (part 1)

Literature review books

The Literature Review

The Literature Review is a concise step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and writing up the literature review chapter in graduate dissertations and in professional doctorate theses. 

Succeeding with Your Literature Review

This step-by-step handbook provides comprehensive and practical guidance on the process of researching a range of relevant literature on a subject, as well as planning and writing a literature review.

An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology

This writing guide offers students an engaging, accessible introduction to the conventions of writing in the psychology discipline.

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