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Writing a Literature Review

Includes definitions, approaches to literature reviews, finding sources, organizing the literature review, and practical tips.

Taking notes

Why take notes?     (from.....Ridley, D. (2008). The literature review: A step-by-step guide for students. Los Angeles: Sage.)

  • Identify and remember key points
  • Help recall and concentration
  • Use in research and writing
  • See connections between sources
  • Avoid plagiarism

More ideas about notetaking      (from....Lipson, C. (2005).  How to write a BA thesis: A practical guide from your first ideas to your finished paper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.)

  • Check sources against each other -- look for inconsistencies and agreements
  • Read the abstract first -- then read the introduction and conclusion
  • Take notes on items that relate to your thesis  
  • Think as you read
  • Ask yourself questions about articles
    • Can you restate the main point of the article?
    • What evidence or logic does the article use?
    • What is your assessment of the claims made in the articles?
    • Write down any original ideas prompted by reading the article

Helpful tips....

  • Taking notes helps remember and understand
  • Always note the page number (from the original source)
  • Use a coversheet on anything you print with complete bibliographic information and important points from the article