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A checklist for the literature review



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Have you analysed the topic carefully?
Have you identified the key aspects of the topic?
Have you defined the key terms?
Have you explained the organisation of the review?
Have you used primary research from peer-reviewed journals?
Have you summarised the research in your own words?
Have you evaluated the research?
Have you summed up your work?
Have you identified areas for further research?

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Have you analysed the topic carefully?

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What exactly are you being asked to do?
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What exactly are you being asked to do?
Have you identified the key aspects of the topic?

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Re-read the literature review specification and note the verbs Opens in a new window. Look for words like summarise, evaluate, expand and explain.
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Re-read the literature review specification and note the verbs Opens in a new window. Look for words like summarise, evaluate, expand and explain.
Have you defined the key terms?

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Review the section on Matching introductions and conclusions which give examples of key terms within an Introduction.
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Review the section on Matching introductions and conclusions Opens in a new window which give examples of key terms within an Introduction.
Have you explained the organisation of the review?

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Have you determined the most appropriate structure for the review and communicated that decision to the reader? You could use a chronological, thematic or conceptual; or introduce an organisational structure which is linked to the research itself.
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Have you determined the most appropriate structure for the review and communicated that decision to the reader? You could use a chronological, thematic or conceptual; or introduce an organisational structure which is linked to the research itself.
Have you used primary research from peer-reviewed journals?

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Have you reviewed the most recent and relevant literature? Have you included both empirical and theoretical works? Have you included the key writers in the field?
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Have you reviewed the most recent and relevant literature? Have you included both empirical and theoretical works? Have you included the key writers in the field?
Have you summarised the research in your own words?

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Have you summarised the main points that the writer/s are making? Have you used Paraphrasing and quotation Opens in a new window correctly?
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Have you summarised the main points that the writer/s are making? Have you used Paraphrasing and quotation Opens in a new window correctly?
Have you evaluated the research?

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Have you evaluated the literature for such factors as authority, validity, accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage? Have you analysed Opens in a new window the literature? Have you shown that you have understood what you have read?
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Have you evaluated the literature for such factors as authority, validity, accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage? Have you analysed Opens in a new window the literature? Have you shown that you have understood what you have read?
Have you summed up your work?

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Have you demonstrated the importance of your topic and developed an argument Opens in a new window? Have you shown how the literature Opens in a new window ties in with your own research objectives/questions? Have you evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the literature with regard to your own research?
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Have you demonstrated the importance of your topic and developed an argument Opens in a new window? Have you shown how the literature Opens in a new window ties in with your own research objectives/questions? Have you evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the literature with regard to your own research?
Have you identified areas for further research?

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Is there an obvious gap in the current literature? Have you made a recommendation as to a direction that further research could take? Have you raised any questions that you believe need to be answered?
Not sure

Is there an obvious gap in the current literature? Have you made a recommendation as to a direction that further research could take? Have you raised any questions that you believe need to be answered?
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