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Things to Consider While Writing Dissertation Literature Review

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Academic success requires significant efforts, knowledge, and application of SMART tricks. The students at higher education level need to produce a dissertation that is a prerequisite to attain a degree. Therefore they must possess the skills for writing dissertation literature review perfectly.

Dissertation writing has its second chapter that is literature review where a researcher collects secondary information. The composition of this written material requires an in-depth knowledge of the individuals. Students who are unaware of proper writing guidance substandard writing, which affects their grades. Thus, this blog has enlisted multiple ideas that will help in writing literature review for a dissertation.

What is a Literature Review of Dissertation?

It is a review of academic articles, books, magazines, and company information relevant to the topic of the dissertation. During this review, a researcher collects secondary information that is already evaluated. This type of information covers what previous researchers concluded on a given topic. It will help researchers understand the concepts and decide whether to agree or disagree with the author's idea.

What is the Purpose of Writing Literature Review?

A qualitative literature review conveys the knowledge gaps between the current material and past research. It protects the students from rewriting or researching an already published idea of research. Also, it provides the background of already produced material and enhances the pupil's knowledge. It also fosters the adjustment to other relatable research.

Significant Points to Consider while Writing Dissertation Literature Review

* Clear Idea of the Topic to Search Literature

A clear understanding of the topic always takes you towards accurate literature. You need to search for the keyword that is your independent and dependent variable of research. Once you start exploring on the Google scholar or any other academic database, your list of keywords will grow.

The students understand and search the topic to compose research problems or research questions to address. It helps student understand their topic unmistakably. The process of composing research questions and objectives is done in the first chapter.

Those research questions are addressed from the literature in the second chapter of research. It is essential to review the literature and attempting to answer those questions from the already published research. If you cannot address those questions exactly, what you will find is a research gap that you will fulfil with a primary research.

* Search on the Relevant Databases

Research builds the crux of dissertation literature review; hence the student needs to be entirely accurate in this activity. Around the globe, innumerable people are working on internet websites, but not every person carries the skills to convey accurate data.

We know that multiple students rely on these web pages because they quickly access the exact information that protects them from extensive reading. However, we prefer students to read from authentic resources that will help them gain qualitative information and build ideas. Below is the list of reliable databases to help students with their academic research.

  • University's Library
  • Project Muse
  • Medline
  • Inspec
  • Google Scholar
  • Econlit

This list is helpful for students from different fields of study, such as social science, economics, engineering, physics, computer science, and medicine.

* Selection of Relevant Material

Students must know that they need to narrow or expand their search parameters to research the above-given sources properly. If students face difficulty they can use Boolean Operators that will taper or extend the research parameters. It is one of the reasons why students ask experts for dissertation literature review writing service.

After this practice, the next point to consider is material selection. Before using information, students must read the abstract of an academic journal article to find the discussion of their research question or problem. If you fail to spot relevant keyword in that article, skip it without wasting any time.

If you cannot find your keyword in the main article, search in the bibliography section. From there, you can open a particular reference to find details about your content. Alternatively, you can choose a different database to find your relevant information.

* Most Important Points for Material Collection

Here are some other facts that students should consider while gathering the research material. They need to consider these points for their selected material.

  • The key concepts and the way the author defines them.
  • The theories, methods, or models the author has used to justify the argument.
  • The approach of the author is innovative or unoriginal.
  • The result that the author has drawn from his study.
  • The strengths and flaws of material.
  • Relevancy of publication with other literature and its use to establish ideas.

After considering the above points, no doubt will be left for the authenticity of your reference material.

* Annotation and Citation

Annotation is significant during the critical reading of any material and while researching; this practice saves the student's time. Hence, students must make notes according to their preferences and need to cite the source to avoid plagiarism.

If the material is in hard copy, it will be easy to make notes in blank spaces. Though, in the case of soft copy, the students can utilize different reader application that also provides the option of annotation.

Making a citation is time consuming, but students can use software to generate an accurate citation. For instance, Google Scholar is a reliable option to find a source and copy reference for APA, MLA and Harvard format of your paper.

* Analysis and Synthesis of Research Material

Students must know that writing a literature review does not mean summary writing of multiple resources. It requires reading them thoroughly and find a connection with your topic and research objectives. After this step, they need to synthesize the answers to the following questions:

  • What are the trends and patterns of methods, results, and theories?
  • What are the usual themes in the literature in the field?
  • What are the conflicts and contradictions between the selected research materials?
  • Have these resources changed the field's direction?
  • What is the gap between these sources?

* Select a Single or Combination of two Appropriate Structures

Various structures are available, and the students must select the ones are applicable to their research objectives. The list of names is given below.

  • Methodological Structure.
  • Thematic Organization.
  • Chronological Structure.
  • Theoretical Structure.

The thematic and theoretical structure are mostly used in the research work. The former discusses different researches related to the chosen topic. However, the latter focuses on discussing the theories associated and applicable to your research. If you struggle to write, you can seek help with dissertation from experts. They offer assistance for any subject at any academic level.

* Significant Points for Writing the Material

We have amassed positive aspects that will produce a high-quality dissertation literature review.

  • The introduction must contain the focus and purpose of the research along with research objectives.
  • The body paragraphs must be divided into analysis, synthesis, summary, interpretation, and critical evaluation of the research material.
  • The conclusion must convey the key findings of your research effort. You can also mention research limitations and recommendations for the future research.

End Words

Thus, we have pointed out the marks gaining points for the dissertation literature review. The students can take the above important opinions as a complete guide because we have assessed the whole literature review process. Some students are unaware of the above points and lose their marks on poor quality work. Nevertheless, you should consider our guide important before writing the literature review!

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