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Literature Review

Page history last edited by macgirl19 9 years, 11 months ago

Some resources for writing them:


How to write a Lit Review (From University of Toronto writing centre)

Literature Reviews (from University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics, Teaching and Learning Unit)

Comments (6)

MeezStephanie said

at 8:23 pm on Apr 10, 2011

I was hoping to find some chatter here. I'm trying to write mine right now!

Tonda Bone said

at 8:45 pm on Apr 10, 2011

Right there with you. Just put the finishing tweaks on Ch. 1. I'd started the lit review, but got stuck with my approach. Wound up re-wording the research questions last week, and that helped me re-think the approach to the lit review. I have to say that having to "man-handle" all of those references is wearing me out. How do you handle them? Do you take notes on each source to reference later while writing? I'm finding one of the reasons this whole thing has taken me so long (I pretty much put in on the back burner for a year after losing my dad) is that it takes FOREVER to go find a source to reference a statement that I KNOW I've read. But the 3,000 different stacks of articles got really old. really fast, as well. I've got as many resources as possible, including books, in electronic format. Sigh.

MeezStephanie said

at 8:56 pm on Apr 10, 2011

Wow, I never thought to organize my Lit review according to the research questions. Brilliant. To clarify-- my Lit review is part fo my Introduction, I guess, and I'm writing it *last* (!?). Also, because there's been a recent Diss on my topic area (the only other one, ha) I am not doing a comprehensive Lit Review but rather a selective one. NO idea of this is OK.

Yeah, from the start, whenever I read anything I create a document with notes. I also copy/type the quotes and page references at that time, too. IT has saved me lots of time in the writing stage. I ma with you on the electronic sources, too.

Sorry about your Dad :( Now I will stop complaining about having to move, mid-Diss.

Tonda Bone said

at 10:44 pm on Apr 10, 2011

Thanks for the condolences. It was tough. I can't imagine having to do a full-fledged move mid-diss. That makes me cringe.

I started out trying to document everything with a notes page, along with the citation. I slacked off real quick (see the big L on my forehead). I am paying the price!

I asked this in the other board, but what is your topic?

Liz Thackray said

at 9:31 pm on Apr 10, 2011

Do feel free to create content as well as comment - this wiki desperately needs some content :-)

MeezStephanie said

at 11:05 pm on Apr 10, 2011

LIz, we'll try as we find it! I put one thing there for now.

Tonda, you should put your Bio on the "Contributors Page" http://phdchat.pbworks.com/w/page/33280705/PhdChat-contributors
Here's what I said about my work: I'm an ABD/ PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at University of Toronto. My work concerns Gaelic singing in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Canada); I'm interested in individual creativity, the role of memory as a dynamic tool in this musical practice, and the implications of an increasing dependence on archival sources.

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