Chapter 3- Review of the related Literature

Benefits of Conducting a Literature Review
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7) It can help you interpret and make sense of your findings and, ultimately, help you tie your results to the work of those who have preceded you.
8) It will bolster your confidence that your topic is one worth studying, because your will find that others have invested considerable time, effort, and resources in studying it.
(The more your know about investigations and perspectives related to your topic, the more effectively your can tackle your own research problem
Guidelines continued4) Track down your sources 5) Record all basic information as you tread each source 6) Identify strategies for obtaining sources that are not immediately availablePractical application: Beginning you review of the related literature1) Write your research problem 2) Identify the subproblems 3) Construct a set of paper note-taking forms or an electronic database 4) Go to the library with your information -gathering system. 5) Track down your referencesEvaluating, Organizing, and Synthesizing the Literature-Never take other people's conclusions at face value; determine for yourself whether the conclusions are justified based on the data presented -Organize the ideas your encounter during your reviewSynthesize the ideas your encounter during your review-Complete and contrast varying heretical positions on the topic. -Show how approaches to the topic have changed over time -Describe general trends in the research findings -Identify and explain discrepant or contradictory findings -Identify general themes that run throughout the literatureGuidelines: Writing a clear and Cohesive literature Review1) Get the proper psychological orientation 2) Have a plan 3) Emphasize relatedness (ie, how the literature is related to the problem) 4) Give credit where credit is due; use appropriate citationsWriting a clear and Cohesive literature Review continued5) Review the literature, don't reproduce it 6) Summarize what you've said 7) Remember that your first draft will not be your last draft 8) Ask others for advice and feedback