This guide will help you to plan your literature review and to adopt a systematic approach to searching the literature.
"The literature review chapter in the thesis, then, justifies the proposed research by identifying trends or gaps in the literature, and, by a review of relevant studies, demonstrates that you understand the relevant literature and shows how your study will contribute to that body of knowledge."
Burton, Suzan, and Steane, Peter. Surviving Your Thesis. London: Routledge, 2004.
Try using a search strategy worksheet to identify key concepts in your research question:
(From program developed by librarians from Ohio universities)
See this Sample Search Strategy Worksheet for a search strategy example.
The Research Methods in Literature Review tutorial, aimed at postgraduate students, is available on GST1 on Blackboard.
See screenshot of course highlights below:
Undergraduates must log on to Blackboard and self-enrol in the Learning Centre to use this tutorial. Once you have access to the Learning Centre, click on Graduate Research Skills in the menu on the left hand side.
See list below and the Support for Researchers webpages for lots more useful resources and links.
See also our LARK Information Skills module designed for undergraduates