Steps to Complete a Literature Review for Your Dissertation

It’s always so much fun writing a dissertation, isn’t it?! Completing an essay is troublesome enough, however, a dissertation is a lot greater beast, because the structure expected of the dissertation and the degree of a substance expected to fill the dissertation is a lot grander.

A dissertation is generally made up of the following elements (although they may be titled slightly differently):

– An introduction

– An abstract, which lets the reader know in summary what the dissertation is going to explore and why

– A literature review

– An analysis of the evidence in both support of and against the argument you are presenting

– A conclusion

– Footnotes or endnotes

– Bibliography

An important component of a dissertation is, therefore, the literature review. This is also the area of the dissertation that most individuals battle with

A literature review is the area of the dissertation where you present all of the important bits of information that you have gathered that relate to your picked subject, or to the argument that you are assessing all through the dissertation. Each component of literature ought to be exhibited to the reader in a logical way. The best way to do this is to establish a general argument for the area of the dissertation, and allow the evidence to help ‘tell’ the reader the argument.

For example, if your picked dissertation subject is to ‘explore the upsides and downsides of animal testing’ then you would exhibit the information that you have gathered as ‘arguments from others that are in support of animal testing,’ and then ‘arguments from others that are anti-animal testing.’ Similarly, if the dissertation question was, ‘why did Churchill lose control after the war,’ you’d group together the key argument themes that others have displayed, and then state them all individuals within the literature review.

Getting together the information that you have to exhibit in the literature is your following stage. Without this, you’ll have no substance for your literature review!

Things being what they are, how would you gather information to top off your literature review? There are heaps of various ways to gather information – everything relies on your inclinations. Below are a few ideas to help you with your information gathering. Have a go at some of them and see which technique suits you best:

– Head to the library and experience course readings or reference books that are related to your subject. At whatever point you find an area or a quotation that is relevant to your dissertation topic, make a note of it in your notepad.

– Alternatively, you could go to the library and riffle through the course readings until you find a segment or a quotation that is relevant to your dissertation topic. When located, photocopy the page(s) and feature the required segment on your photocopy. Keep all photocopied sheets together in an envelope, ordered in a logical way.

– Surf the internet for important snippet of information that can help inform your dissertation question, argument or topic. As you find relevant information, record it or print off the page. Importantly, guarantee that you know who the information belongs to (who initially stated it) with the goal that you can allocate the argument or remark correctly in your literature review.


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Written by Alice Thomas

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