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06/20 - Writing a Literature Review by Mind Map: 06/20 - Writing a Literature
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06/20 - Writing a Literature Review

Literature Review






Find information that is broadly relevant

Primary Sources, Original research, Articles, Some edited books

Secondary Sources, Review articles

Tertiary, Put together from secondary sources, Textbooks

What to look for

Peer reviewed


Wikipedia, NO!

Relevance, authority and currency

Journal Rankings, 13-Education

Where to look

Google Scholar, Can set up for La Trobe Library

Library database

Major conferences

Theoretical as well as empirical research


Writing the Review


Evaluate, not summarise

Compare and contrast

Connect to your research

Have a clear direction, SEE LIT REVIEW OUTLINE IN SLIDES

Use headings to signpost direction

Define key terms

Keep it relevant to your research focus

Don't include everything

A good starting point is an annotated bibliography

Source appropriate articles

Don't focus on just 1 article

Read articles that don't agree with stance, Can include a line about opposing views

Do a SWOT analysis on articles

The 5 C's of Lit Review

Cite, Keep the primary focus on the literature, in text citations

Compare various arguments, What do the authors agree on?, Who employs similar approaches?

Contrast, What are the major areas of controversy

Critique the Literature, Which arguments are more persuasive and why?, Which approaches seem more reliable?

Connect the literature to your own topic