The Literature Review – How To Write A PhD
So what is the purpose of a PhD literature review?
- Summarise what has already been discussed in your field, both to demonstrate that you understand your field and to show how your study relates to it.
- Highlight gaps, problems or shortcomings in existing research to show the original contribution that your thesis makes.
- Identify important studies, theories, methods or theoretical frameworks that can be applied in your research.
How do you conduct a PhD literature review?
- Pick a broad topic
- Find the way in
- Who's saying what and when
- Take notes
- Narrow down the field
- Narrow does the sources
- Think about questions that haven't been asked
- Write early, write quickly and write relevantly
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