Review Of Literature Thesis
Thematic analysis will not only demonstrate a genuine engagement with the literature, but provide you with a scaffold on which to build the body of your text.Nothing must make it into your literature review which has not been scrutinised, questioned and dissected.A critical approach to all reviewed material is the means to ensuring the elimination of mere description and the proper emphasis on original analysis.Challenge assumptions, generate arguments and give reasons for your reactions.
Categorising reviewed material into ‘for’ and ‘against’ classes for certain controversies is one useful way to present findings.
It's unlikely you will have the time to read every word available on your topic, however in the literature review you should aim to demonstrate wide reading.
Rather than simply a list of different writers in the field and their opinions, your literature review should give a clear idea of the whole field as it currently stands, describing different bodies of literature, providing varying standpoints on the important issues, and indicating where general opinions have recently changed or are currently being challenged.
In order to write a satisfactory literature review you must demonstrate your ability to search out relevant material from a wide variety of sources.
Trawl online databases for useful dissertations and articles by using their abstracts to consider relevance, use all available university, college and departmental libraries, consult the web for extra resources, and follow footnotes.