Archived Material (Lit review)
A literature review, or literature survey, can be either a key component of a larger paper such as a report or dissertation, or you may be asked to write one for its own sake. This book shows you how to write a present a review appropriately.
Set out your findings
Review the existing literature in terms of both history and theme.
The review should be more than a furniture catalogue in which every book gets a two line entry. It should show that ‘the writer has studied existing work in the field with insight’. (Haywood and Wragg 1982 p.2)
Remember to establish in your Literature Review:
- What the principle themes are
- What is relevant and irrelevant to your work
- Why the relevant work fits into your study and how you will adopt it.
Don't merely paraphrase or describe the texts.
Avoid writing A says this, B says that and C says the other.