Writing a Literature Review
The writing of a literature review can seem a daunting prospect. This workshop aims to overcome such fears.
The session begins by exploring the concept and purpose of the literature review and where it fits into the PhD thesis. The key question of what makes a good review will also be addressed. Attention will then be given to the development of a research plan for undertaking a successful review. This will include a consideration of information sources and search strategies.
The second part of the workshop will explore approaches for effective note taking and referencing, with consideration also given to the critical analysis of secondary sources. The structuring of a literature review and the integration of material will also be examined. The workshop will conclude with a look at writing styles and strategies for overcoming the challenge of starting the writing process.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
Appreciate the role and purpose of the literature review within the PhD thesis
Recognise what makes a good literature review
Understand how to develop a research plan
Understand how to critically analyse sources
Have gained insights into the structuring of a literature review
Recognise appropriate writing styles and be ready to start the writing process.