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Lit review workshop test 2

  1. 1. LITERATURE REVIEW WORKSHOP Andrea Williams and Allison Breen, April 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>A literature review discusses, summarizes, and synthesizes published information in your subject area </li></ul><ul><li>It establishes why you are pursuing this research and expands upon the reasons behind selecting a research topic </li></ul><ul><li>It is often at the beginning of a large research project or can be a paper in itself that shows your knowledge in a subject area </li></ul>What is a Literature Review?
  3. 3. Purpose of a Literature Review <ul><li>Formulates or clarifies your research topic </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies gaps in the literature </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates relationships among prior research </li></ul>
  4. 4. Differences between a Lit Review and Research Paper <ul><li>Does not add to existing knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Stands alone or part of a research paper </li></ul><ul><li>Focus of a lit review is on the sources </li></ul><ul><li>Adds to existing knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Stands alone </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on the argument </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Review </li></ul><ul><li>Research Paper </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Talk to department advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Know specific department expectations (e.g. action research in Education department) </li></ul>How to get started
  6. 6. <ul><li>Remember not all lit review projects are kept at the library </li></ul>How to search for theses collected at MSU
  7. 7. Use a Dissertation Calculator <ul><li>A dissertation calculator can be used to create a timeline for yourself. It breaks your thesis/dissertation down into smaller parts and provides tools, tips, and resources along the way. </li></ul>http://www.lib.umn.edu/help/disscalc/
  8. 8. Categorize/organize what you are reading <ul><li>Who are the key researchers in your field? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the seminal papers/classics that are frequently cited? </li></ul><ul><li>How can bibliographies be used to determine important literature? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Grey Literature <ul><li>A term used by librarians, medical and research professionals to refer to materials that cannot be found easily through conventional channels such as publishers </li></ul><ul><li>How can grey literature play a part in your academic area? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you find this grey literature regardless of the difficulties – email, phone contacts, etc… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Google Scholar vs Google the non-scholar <ul><li>- Using Google Scholar allows you to search through articles, legal opinions, and journals relevant to your subject area </li></ul><ul><li>- Can search with results only of these types, instead of the multitude of results given through a normal Google search (many having little to do with your search topic) </li></ul><ul><li>http://scholar.google.com/ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Do I need a TexShare Card? <ul><li>It allows registered users of participating Texas libraries to borrow materials directly from other participating libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain a TexShare card at the MSU library </li></ul>For more information go to: http://library.mwsu.edu/departments/circdept2.asp#texshare http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/texshare/libraryuser_card.html
  12. 12. <ul><li>You can obtain materials MSU does not have in its collection by using Interlibrary Loan at Moffett Library. For more information on how to obtain both books and articles go to: http://library.mwsu.edu/departments/illdept.asp </li></ul>Use WorldCat to obtain materials MSU does not own
  13. 13. Primo can help you stay organized! <ul><li>There are many tools available on the library homepage to help you with your research </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: it is important to sign in at the top-right of the library homepage to make use of these features </li></ul>Link to Primo: http://library.mwsu.edu
  14. 14. Once you are signed in… <ul><li>You can save queries: </li></ul>And access them at a later time or have alerts sent to your email when new items arrive:
  15. 15. Save items to your personal list Click the star to save the item to your list and access it later Just click on ‘My List’ at the top of the library homepage
  16. 16. Email/Print Items and Instant Access to Articles Click the link to open the page where the article is located Email, print, etc…
  17. 17. What is the writing center? <ul><li>The MSU Writing Center provides tutoring and consulting to all members of the campus community </li></ul><ul><li>Walk-ins are welcome for shorter projects (less than 5 pages) but please schedule an appointment for help with larger projects </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the director, Kristen Garrison, for more information at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mwsu.edu/writingcenter/ </li></ul>
  18. 18. Make Friends with Librarians <ul><li>Contact a subject librarian or reference librarian to find someone to help you anytime of the day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to subject librarians: http://library.mwsu.edu/partners.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call us at: (940) 397-4204 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or visit the library homepage, library.mwsu.edu , for email addresses and a way to chat instantly with a librarian </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. For more information… <ul><li>Check out the following book: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing literature reviews : a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Available at Moffett Library Book Collection, 2nd Floor (H61.8 .G34 2006 ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ </li></ul></ul>

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