Literature Reviews in a Nutshell


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An introduction: What is a Literature Review? What is Library Research? How can you find a dissertation in order to look at its literature review? Databases? EndNote?

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    1. 1. Literature Reviews in a nutshell Regents Center Library Lissa Lord Fall, 2014
    2. 2. Literature Review An account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers.
    3. 3. Literature review: critical analysis of a segment of a published body of knowledge Introduction to Lit Review: Identify the general topic, issue, or area of concern. Point out overall trends in what has been published, conflicts in theory, gaps in research and scholarship or a new perspective of immediate interest. Establish the writer's reason for reviewing the literature; explain the criteria to be used in analyzing and comparing literature and the organization of the review. Body of Lit Review: Summarize individual studies or articles Conclude by providing some insight into the relationship between the central topic of the literature review and a larger area of study
    4. 4. A literature review is a written document that presents a logically argued case founded on a comprehensive understanding of the current state of knowledge about a topic of study. This case establishes a convincing thesis to answer the study’s question. Google Books Link BOOK: Machi, L., & McEvoy, B. (2009). The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success. Thousand Oaks: Crowin Press. Citation for this and the following slide:
    5. 5. Research for the Literature Review: 1. Define the question(s) your thesis will address.
    6. 6. 2. Library research is finding all the peer reviewed articles, authoritative studies, books, websites, government documents, lectures, surveys, interviews, statistics, etc. that are available references for the thorough (exhaustive) discussion of your dissertation topic. Need help ? Ask a Librarian, Lissa Lord
    7. 7. Want to see a review of basic library research using the KU Libraries databases? Click: YES or  move to the next slide
    8. 8. 3. Store and manage the citations you find with a citation management software (EndNote). The management of all those articles, books, gov docs, reviews, etc. is essential to writing the Literature Review is the
    9. 9. Want to see a review on how to use EndNote? Click: YES or  move to the next slide
    10. 10. What does a Literature Review look like? Not an index Not a bibliography Not a list of interesting articles But a thoughtful description of scholarly research of interest to the dissertation’s author.
    11. 11. How to find dissertations with literature reviews so that you can see how it is done: Go to KU Libraries Select KU ScholarWorks from alphabetical list under Databases. AND Communities & Collections from the ScholarWorks site
    12. 12. KU Scholarworks
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    14. 14. Another example of a Dissertation Literature Review
    15. 15. Full dissertation
    16. 16. Full dissertation
    17. 17. Citation for this dissertation found on KU’s ScholarSpace Barbee, G.B. (2009). A qualitative study of a Local district teacher induction program and Its perception by young educators (Doctoral Dissertation) Retrieved from
    18. 18. More dissertations with literature reviews can be found by going to 1) KU Libraries 2) Select Articles and Databases You will need to log-in with your KU ID 3)Click on: P 4)Select: ProQuest dissertations and theses 5)Click on: D 6)Select: Dissertations & theses @ University of Kansas
    19. 19. Library research help on the Edwards Campus? Lissa Lord Writing help on the Edwards Campus? Edwards Campus Writing Center
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