WelcomeSession overview Length – 1 hour Presentations and activitiesGround Rules Raise hand for urgent questions Use chat for general questions and activities Arriving late/leaving early
Learning outcomesAt the end of this workshop, you will:be able to approach the process of literature review;be able to produce a draft of your paper;appreciate the purpose of, and be able to write, an abstract.
Last session, we looked at...Different types of papersThe basic structure of a paperSome tips for getting startedAny questions?
The literature reviewA critical summary and synthesis of key relevant research that informs your paperShows that you know your field and provides a context for your workHighlights points for discussion laterUse reputable sourcesIt is fine to disagree, but provide evidenceStart broad then focus
Activity: getting up to speedIn the chat window, share any ideas you have for quickly getting up to speed in an area in order to write a literature review section.
Possible ways...Read a meta-reviewTalk to a librarianTalk to colleagues in the fieldRead the latest bookRecent conference proceedingsReview for key referencesSystematic review
Writing the first draft... (1)Have a specific time-limited target (e.g. a conference or journal).Write an outline (and stick to it).Write first, review later.Write in a way that suits you: Add approximate word counts to sections. Reward yourself. Have a routine (and stick to it). Work with others (writing or peer review).
Writing the first draft... (2)Remember, you don’t have to write in order the paper will be read.Use figures and tables (when appropriate).Regularly check your line of argument.Ensure you revisit your literature/questions.Have a break after you’ve written the first draft!
What does an abstract say?What is the purpose of this paper?What is the context of this paper?What did you do?What are your key findings?Why is this important?
Some tips on writing the abstractStick to the word limitStick to conventions (e.g. structure, citations)Summary, not teaserThe first line is very importantBe clear and to the pointRead other abstracts – which ones make you want to read the paper