Creating A Dissertation Literature Review: 10 Helpful Tips


If you’re studying English or any other language then you may be required to write a dissertation literature review. The following 10 helpful tips should help you to create a good piece of work.


  1. Choosing appropriate authors or works to review
  2. The first thing you need to do is choose an author(s) or work(s) that will be appropriate to your area of study. Ideally, your choice should be based on various factors, including the ability to write a full-length dissertation on the author or work that you choose.


  3. Decide what the purpose of the literature review is
  4. The next thing that you need to do is decide what the purpose of your literature review is. Is it analyse how well the piece was written, or do you wish to compare it with other works? This will impact upon the style of review that you will write.


  5. Where to find research materials
  6. As well as finding actual books and publications, you may also wish to find research materials online, including study guides, as well as any information on a wide range of other websites. Alternatively, libraries are a great place to carry out research for literature reviews.


  7. Writing a short introduction
  8. As part of your essay you need to write a short introduction outlining what it is you hope to achieve with your literature review.


  9. Sorting authors with similar views
  10. There’s a good chance you may need to include works written by other authors. As a result, it is a good idea to sort these authors into categories based on similar views.


  11. Sorting authors with opposing views
  12. As well as sorting authors by similar views, is good idea to create a list of authors with opposing views. You can then come to these two lists of authors with similar or opposing views when necessary to support any arguments that you make.


  13. Arranging arguments logically
  14. It is good idea to start off with your strongest arguments, and to arrange them as logically as possible, as this will help the essay to flow naturally.


  15. Summarising each argument section
  16. Once you’ve written an argument, it is a good to summarise each section, outlining the main points.


  17. Including opposing views
  18. It is essential that you include opposing views to any arguments that you put forward, as this helps to strengthen any arguments that you make.


  19. Evaluating your evidence
  20. Finally, you need to evaluate any evidence that you have used as part of your literature review, identified any strengths or weaknesses, and assessing how useful it was.

Set goals and reward yourself.

As you work on your project you should have goals in place to motivate you to finish in a timely manner. As you complete parts of your work you are getting closer to finishing your work according to your schedule. Maybe you can entice yourself to finish sooner if something was waiting for you upon completion. Make it something fun and enjoyable. It helps if it is something you may not usually enjoy. Make things interesting to encourage yourself to finish faster. You can at least consider trying to get your work done a week or so before your deadline.

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