Definition of Literature Review



yeah I think sometimes it's a holes clearance to you as a writing or to students how much information thing to give about each study there are no hard and fast rules about that for some studies can be the party of five or six lines maybe and for others simply you tack on two lines on to the study I suppose as part of the discussion I think it's important to explain really what a team is I wanna team should consist of within your literature review I think this is very helpful from the point of view is if you think you have four or five teams within your literature review that means you can break the sections into those areas and discuss them separately that's not to say you won't work on two or three teams at one time but it means that you Europe if you like the information is going to be bounded within this team and I think what's important to say within each team is that when you're writing the style is actually quite formal and literature review and it's quite objective so you don't really give personal opinions you tend to just concentrate solely on the research articles that you're actually reviewing so you'll get very familiar with those studies and you paraphrase the information in those studies so what this means is that you actually internalize the study you read it a few times you might actually make notes on it and we talk about that again maybe but then you actually you actually explain studying your own words and what you do then so that's how you'll actually critically evaluate this judging you say this is a good study because it was a large-scale population or it's a good study because they did a pilot study so it's quite a credible study or you might say it's a good study because they interviewed people in depth and got their experiences of how they cope with stress on her 11 so you that would be a very similar so you have a very very good study but then in a very logical way you can tag on another study on to that that month will be as robust may be or it might be as credible but it might have similar findings so what you're doing there is you want to quickly analyze the studies within each actual within each team and you're going to synthesize the studies as well so critically analyzing studies what does mean it moves for you look and study and you look for the strengths and weaknesses and then when you synthesize our research what you're actually doing is that you actually putting the research trade together you giving us an overview plus there through taking one study that looked at sleep we say and then the knit the next and another study found also into the sleep but this was a much smaller group and maybe it was an older study so what you got to watch what a good way I should say to actually integrate the information the team is to use words like similarity or you know Smith 2007 in brackets or parentheses agreed with the previous findings insofar as they also found that sleep is a problem for students who are experiencing stress and however this is a much smaller study and we're in very quickly one so what we're beginning to see is that if you start treating each section of the literature review independently it's far easier and it's intimidating to cope with us so you so what you've done in essence is you gathered literature you review just need to go to that probably more detail again would you've also synthesizes literature and you coming up with some kind before you close a theme you're just kind of highlighting the fact that there is a you know that there is consensus that there is a relationship there but actually this is an area that burns further attention so in each one then if you would decide that you're going to look at stress as an undergrad student and sleeping you can flag this all this can become this is so you're not building the rationale for your study as you go through the literature review my first tip is I think very early on you must build a relationship with your supervisor they are going to guide you through the process and they have the experience in this and there was an expression work smarter and not harder and that's the smart thing to do second tip I have is by mentioned previously is that all the way through your literature review you're working towards your research question do not end up start with the research question and answering it during your review or else what's the point in doing the research you've already answers the question so you walk your way down towards your research question don't get disheartened this is a long protracted process that's possible some students find the hardest part of doing the actual project itself and it takes weeding for quite a bit here we get to go to the literature and then it takes drafting and read roughly of your work your moving materials sometimes between themes so don't get disheartened that's my throw tip and I just close by saying the thing about the literature review compares all the things it's a very structured piece of work really which makes it even though initially you started it it can be quite overwhelming but I think when you get down into the weeds it's actually a very structured piece I think but you bear that in mind you're constructing an assignment if you like and you're moving through it logically so I honestly think that students that get to grips with it and really can you can do very well in this particular assignment

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