The Literature Review: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students

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SAGE, Feb 18, 2008 - Education - 184 pages
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'I highly recommend Diana Ridley’s book. One of its great strengths is its relevance to all students in Higher Education required to undertake a literature review. A sense of security prevailed in the presence of the author's uncomplicated writing style and pages rightly divided into manageable chunks...[This book] lives up to its claim to contain extensive practical tips on how to prepare, organise and write a successful literature review' - ESCalate Review

The Literature Review is a concise step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and writing up the literature review chapter in Masters dissertations and in Ph.D. and professional doctorate theses.

Diana Ridley describes how to carry out a literature review in a systematic, methodical way, providing useful strategies for efficient reading, conducting searches, organising information and writing the review itself. Examples of best and worst practice drawn from real literature reviews are included throughout to demonstrate how the guidance can be put into practice.

This is an accessible, pragmatic and highly practical resource that will be welcomed by postgraduate students of any discipline.

 

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Contents

2 The multiple purposes of a literature review
16
3 Sources of information and conducting searches
29
4 Reading and note taking strategies
44
keeping records and organizing information
60
6 Structuring the literature review
80
7 Intext citations
96
8 Being critical
117
9 Foregrounding writer voice
131
10 The continuing process
149
Conclusion
160
Electronic guides
161
References
162
Index
164
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Diana Ridley is a Senior Lecturer at the TESOL Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK where she supervises research students in the fields of English language teaching and academic literacies.

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