Conducting a literature review (1. IDENTIFY KEY TERMS. Begin yor search…
Conducting a literature review
1. IDENTIFY KEY TERMS.
Begin yor search by narrowing your topic to a few terms using one or two words or short phrases
Use words that authors report in the literature.
Look in a catalog of terms to find words that match your topic.
Pose a short, general research question that you would like answered in the study
Go to the bookshelves, in a college or university library, and look for key terms in titles to articles.
Write a preliminary "working tittle"
2. LOCATE LITERATURE. Begin the search for relevant literature
Use both primary and secondary sources
Primary sources consists of literature reported by the individual who actually conducted the research or who originated the ideas.
Secondary resources is literature that summarizes primary sources
Search different ypes of literature: Summaries, encyclopedias, dictionaries and glossaries of terms, handbooks, , , ,
Use Academic Libraries, they provide online journals for easy computer access and computerized database.
3. CRITICALLY EVALUATE AND SELECT THE LITERATURE
. You need to determine if it is a good source to use and whether it is relevant to your particular research
Is it good, accurate source?. It sometimes comes a shock to beginning researchers that even though a study has been published, it may not be worthy of including in a literature review.
Is it relevant? you might read the literature you have selected, noting the titles of article, the contents of abstracts at the beginning of the material and major headings in the study.
4. ORGANIZE THE LITERATURE
. This process involves photocopying and filing the literature. At this time you might quickly read it, take notes on it, and determine how it fits into the overall literature.
Taking notes and abstracting studies
Constructing a literature map
Reproducing, Downloading and filing
5. WRITE A LITERATURE REVIEW
This literature consits of journal articles and research reports found in library resources.
Using a style manual.