By Laura Brown on 26th February 2019
This blog will briefly tell you how you can structure your literature review for your dissertation.
- AND to find sources that contain more than one keyword (e.g. social media AND body image AND generation Z
- OR to find sources that contain one of a range of synonyms (e.g. generation Z OR teenagers OR adolescents)
- NOT to exclude results containing certain terms (e.g. apple NOT fruit)
Dissertation literature review If the literature review is part of your thesis or dissertation, show how your research addresses gaps and contributes new knowledge, or discuss how you have drawn on existing theories and methods to build a framework for your research. Stand-alone literature review If you are writing a stand-alone paper, you can discuss the overall implications of the literature or make suggestions for future research based on the gaps you have identified.
The introduction should:
The conclusion should:
- Make a clear and understandable definition of the paper’s thesis and make a logical transition to the review.
- Reflect the author’s rationale for the review.
- Clarify how data is organized.
- Make a short transition to the content of the main body that leads to your given research topic.
- The list of sources organized in accordance with their topics or in chronological order.
- An explanation of every subcategory of sources’ relevance as well as how they are connected with each other and the main topic of the paper.
Although critical reviews might have different evaluation criteria depending on your discipline, they usually have a similar structure. To write the review correctly, you should check your assignment instructions with regard to formatting, discipline-specific criteria and other requirements.
- present the ideas in the original text accurately, ensuring you cover the main question the text attempts to address
- discuss the important points, including the evidence the text uses to support the argument, and its conclusion
- ensure the summary is consistent and understandable to readers who have not read the original text
- ensure the summary section is shorter than the evaluation section that follows it