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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?

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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  • Literature Reviews in a nutshell Regents Center Library Lissa Lord llord@ku.edu Fall 2012
  • Literature ReviewAn account of what hasbeen published on a topicby accredited scholars andresearchers.http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review
  • Introduction to Lit Review:Identify the general topic, issue, or area of concern. Point out overalltrends in what has been published, conflicts in theory, gaps in researchand scholarship or a new perspective of immediate interest. Establish thewriters reason for reviewing the literature; explain the criteria to be usedin analyzing and comparing literature and the organization of the review.Body of Lit Review:Summarize individual studies or articlesConclude by providing some insight into the relationship between thecentral topic of the literature review and a larger area of studyhttp://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html
  • Research for the Literature Review:1. Define the question(s) your thesis willaddress.
  • 2. Library research is finding all thepeer reviewed articles, authoritativestudies, books, websites, governmentdocuments, lectures, surveys,interviews, statistics, etc. that areavailable references for the thorough(exhaustive) discussion of yourdissertation topic. Need help ?Ask a Librarian, Lissa Lord llord@ku.edu
  • Want to see a review of basiclibrary research using the KULibraries databases?Click: YES (http://www.lib.ku.edu/presentations/Lissa/KwikBasicResearch.ppt)or  move to the next slide
  • 3. Store and manage the citationsyou find with citation managementsoftware (EndNote).Essential to writing the LiteratureReview is the management of allthose articles, books, gov docs,reviews, etc:
  • Want to see a review on howto use EndNote?Click: Yes http://www.lib.ku.edu/presentations/Lissa/LitReviewEndNote.pptor  move to the next slide
  • What does a Literature Review look like?Not an indexNot a bibliographyNot a list of interesting articlesBut a thoughtful description ofscholarly research of interest to thedissertation’s author.
  • How to find dissertations withliterature reviews so that you cansee how it is done:Go to KU Libraries www.lib.ku.eduSelect KU ScholarWorks from theleft hand column.
  • http://www.lib.ku.edu
  • Narrow down toDissertationsand Theses
  • ! Go c lick n d c ta je ub b ys archSe
  • Click Here and godirectly to thedissertation OR see next slide with example
  • Citation for this dissertation found on KU’s ScholarSpaceBarbee, G.B. (2009). A qualitative study of a Local district teacher induction program and Its perception by young educators (Doctoral Dissertation) Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1808/6773
  • More dissertations with literaturereviews can be found by going to1) KU Libraries http://lib.ku.edu2) Select Articles and Databases3)Click on: P4)Select ProQuest dissertations andtheses
  • ProQuest dissertations and thesesPQDT provides online access to over 2 milliondissertations and masters theses, many of whichare available in full text for immediatedownloading. Citations are available fordissertations dating from 1861 and full text onlinefrom 1997 for over 1,000 schools submitting to theProQuest UMI database. More than 55,000 newcitations are added to the database every year.
  • Library research help on the Edwards Campus?Lissa Lord llord@ku.eduWriting help on the Edwards Campus?Edwards Campus Writing Centerhttp://www.writing.ku.edu/locations/edwards.shtml