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Conclusion

Use the following criteria as guidelines for your literature review.

Traps to avoid in the literature review
What makes a good literature review
Selection of literature
Criticism of the literature
Interpretation
Key assessment criteria

Traps to avoid in the literature review

  • Try not to read everything
  • Reading but not writing
  • Not keeping bibliographical information
  • Incomplete referencing (paraphrases, summaries and direct quotes)

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What makes a good literature review

  • The selection of literature chosen for review
  • The criticism of the literature
  • The interpretation of the literature

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Selection of literature

  • Have you read widely?
  • Is the purpose of the review clearly identified?
  • Does your writing include clear definitions and identify the limits of the research?
  • Does the review focus on the most recent developments / research for that topic?
  • Does the review make use of primary sources?

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Criticism of the literature

  • Is there a logical flow to your writing?
  • Is the structure of your review clearly stated?
  • Have you demonstrated that you have read widely as well as focused on your specific topic of research?
  • Have you focused on current / most relevant issues?

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Interpretation

  • Have you interpreted / evaluated what you have read?
  • Is there an obvious gap in the research / literature?
  • Have you used the literature to create your own interpretation of the research?

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Key assessment criteria

  • What the student has read
  • How the student has organised the review / writing of this
  • How the student has interpreted and evaluated this

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