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BRM 2016 3 Working with Literature
Transcript of BRM 2016 3 Working with Literature
Your literature review is NOT...
the first 20 articles you find
every article or source you find
Your literature review...
is a framework that supports your research/ideas
orients your reader to where your research/ideas fit into the existing conversation on your topic
is about being critical and selective
Where are you searching?
What are your keywords?
Citations for Bibliography
How are you going to remember where you searched later?
What about the PDFs?
Productivity tools (Evernote, Google Reader)
Can you answer these questions?
Top 5 library databases for your discipline
Top 10 journals in your field
Top 5 seminal authors/thinkers in your field
Favorite Search Efficiencies
Use OR to add synonyms to search
Limit to "title" or "abstract"
Explore useful "subjects" (human expertise of database)
Try searching in 3-5 databases
“He just didn’t seem to understand the banter”:
Bullying or simply establishing social cohesion?
A thinking system!
Does your literature review start at a more general level before narrowing down?
Does the literature covered relate clearly to your research question and objectives?
Have you covered key theories of recognised experts in the area?
Are the issues highlighted where your research will provide fresh insights?
Is the literature up to date?
Have you been objective and used reasonable judgement in your discussion and assessment of other people’s work?
Have you included references counter to your own opinion?
Have you clearly justified your own ideas?
Do your arguments link together & lead clearly to your research questions?
Understanding of topic and subtopics
Accurate interpretation of literature
Critical appraisal of literature
Synthesis of literature
Develop a storyline which logically and convincingly leads to research questions
Original research questions/hypotheses
Quality, breadth and depth of reading
Who is the author’s audience?
What are the central claims/arguments of the text? (if no argument then what are the key points and why is the author making them?)
What is the main evidence?
How is that substantiated?
What assumptions lie behind the evidence / arguments?
Is adequate proof provided and backed up with examples?
What the weaknesses of the argument/evidence?
What do other leading authors say on the topic?
Cited Reference Searching
Web of Science