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Design and Engineering: Doing a Literature Review

Help with your literature review

It's a good idea to be familiar with what's involved in a literature review before starting. This will save you time by helping you do your research and writing more efficiently. There are links to various guides below and a list of useful library books. Critical thinking is a vital skill you need to demonstrate in your literature review, and the skills for study module (more details and links below) is highly recommended.

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Starting a Literature Review


This guide from the Reading University takes you through the process of starting a literature review.

Detailed information on literature reviews (guidance from other universities)


Writing up your literature review

This guide from Victoria University will help you write up your literature review.

Critical Thinking

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Based on the work of expert Stella Cottrell, international bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, this interactive resource will help you hone and develop your study skills at your own pace. Each module has been carefully designed so you can assess your current proficiency, track your progress, become more confident and get the most out of your course.

Please note that you will be required to log in to this resource using your BU login.

Useful books

Some books held by the library about doing your literature review. This isn't exhaustive. Take a look on the library catalogue for more.