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- A literature review is a key component of your dissertation or thesis.
- You may also be required to complete a literature review as part of an assignment.
- The following guidance will explain what a literature review is and how to conduct a successful review.
Starting a Literature Review
Writing up your literature review
This guide from Victoria University will help you write up your literature review.
Proof reading and editing your work
Library & Learning Support does not offer a proof-reading or checking service and so is unable to make corrections to your work or carry out editing on your behalf.
Paul Barnes can support students who do not have English as their first language. He is unable to proof read your work but is happy to read a short extract and comment on your grammar and spelling. He can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be interested in the following online resources which include tips and advice on how to draft, edit and proof-read your own work -
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.
CRAAP Test for evaluating sources
A really useful guide from UCL on how to evaluate sources.
The CRAAP test was developed by Meriam Library at California State University:
- Currency - The timeliness of the information.
- Relevance - The importance of the information for your needs.
- Authority - The source of the information.
- Accuracy - The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
- Purpose - The reason the information exists.
Doing Your Research Project [E-book] by
Publication Date: 2014
This is the market leading book for anyone doing their research project. Clear, concise and extremely readable, this book provides a practical, step-by-step guide to doing a research project from start to finish. Thoroughly updated but retaining its well-loved style, this 6th edition includes: information on using online surveys; information on online interviewing and using online platforms for observation, e.g. Skype, Google Hangouts; new chapter on the use of social media in small scale research; thoroughly updated chapter on literature searching; revised and additional pedagogy; and a brand new text design. This practical, no-nonsense guide is vital reading for all those embarking on undergraduate or postgraduate study in any discipline, and for professionals in such fields as social science, education and health.
Succeeding with Your Literature Review: a Handbook for Students [E-book] by
Publication Date: 2012
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. The book takes a student friendly approach to offer complete novices a simple review of a process which is often central to producing a research study. Succeeding with your Literature Review will enable you to: Design a literature review which is related to the main facets of a research project Conduct a logically-planned search for relevant literature Determine which literature is most suited to inclusion in your study Analyse the literature, drawing comparisons and connections where appropriate Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of relevant literature Write logically and rationally about the key features of literature Write a literature review in a sound academic style Understand how to relate a literature review to other elements of your study or dissertation Written by an author with extensive experience of supervising and examining undergraduate, Masters and doctoral dissertations, this book covers the latest trends, such as: RSS feeds, wikis, grey literature, blogs and forms of open access publishing. The book also includes examples of common pitfalls, good practice, key terms and questions to reinforce student learning and reflection. Succeeding with your Literature Review is relevant in all subject areas and is essential reading for third year undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Doing Your Literature Review [Print book] by
Publication Date: 2011
The literature review is a compulsory part of research and, increasingly, may form the whole of a student research project. This highly accessible book guides students through the production of either a traditional or a systematic literature review, clearly explaining the difference between the two types of review, the advantages and disadvantages of both, and the skills needed. It gives practical advice on reading and organising relevant literature and critically assessing the reviewed field.
The Literature Review [Print book] by
Publication Date: 2012
This second edition of Diana Ridley's bestselling book provides a step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and literature review, using cases and examples throughout to demonstrate best practice. Ridley outlines practical strategies for conducting a systematic search of the available literature, reading and note taking and writing up your literature review as part of an undergraduate research project, Masters dissertation or PhD thesis.
Detailed information on literature reviews (guidance from other universities)