Write a Killer Literature Review

Writing a literature review doesn't have to be the hardest part of your thesis or dissertation.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

It's time to stop reading and start writing! But how? You know you're supposed to find the "gap" in the literature and synthesize the existing research in your field, but how do you actually do all of that--in writing? This workshop takes an in-depth approach to narrating the relationships, connections, and trends you see in the literature of your field. Learn how to create questions that help you focus your reading and writing. Understand the difference between evaluation and opinion. Get specific tools for organizing your literature review. This engaging one-hour workshop was filmed live and is a great resource for graduate students and faculty alike.

What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the purpose and function of the literature review in academic projects
  • Understand what is meant by "synthesis" of the literature
  • Understand how to explain the "gap in the literature" that justifies your project
  • Gives you templates for creating relationships between different ideas, schools of thought, and writers.
  • Understand the difference between scholarly evaluation and personal opinion
  • Get tools for organizing and structuring your literature review
  • Great exercises help you write, even if you're "stuck"

Who is the target audience?

  • Graduate students and faculty

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Section 1: The Literature Review: The Big Picture
What Does a Literature Review Do?
A Process for Writing the Literature Review
Section 2: The Literature Review: Up Close
Making Connections in the Literature
Identifying the Major Players and Your Position
Section 3: Questions and More Questions
Common Questions About the Literature Review
Section 4: Download Exercises and Slides
Exercises and Slides Part 1
3 pages
Exercises and Slides Part 2
8 pages
Exercises and Slides Part 3
4 pages
Exercises and Slides Part 4
3 pages
Wrap Up and Questions
4 pages
Summary Tool for Creating Literature Reviews
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Daveena Tauber, Academic Writing Consultant

My passion is helping graduate students and faculty use writing to express their scholarly interests. Nearly all scholarly projects are grounded in writing, yet writing is rarely explicitly taught at advanced levels. My personal and professional mission is to make excellent writing instruction and coaching available to graduate student and faculty writers. I consult with individuals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad to support scholarly writing. I did my undergraduate work at Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges and earned my Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University. You can find more about my work online.

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