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I use a spreadsheet to write my own literature reviews. I am trying to communicate the concept and spreadsheet method to a student. So far we have been successful. It is my responsibility to help her work through the idea of a lit review and offer some guidance in writing one. In addition to the spreadsheet, I think a text of some sort would help.
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Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 20:09:02 -0500
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Subject: Re: Literature Review Text
Re: Literature Review TextSheri and Charles,
In one sense, there is a “best way” but it won’t be the kind of step-by-step approach that seems to be desired.
- Consider a set of documents that discuss one or more themes on the subject of the review
- You can model the documents as a matrix — each row is a document, each column is a topic potentially discussed by that document (this is not unlike a document/term matrix).
- An annotated bibliography would “write across the rows” -- dealing with each document in turn. This is a way to write a very bad lit review
- A better lit review would be to “write down the columns” -- taking up each theme in turn and discussing it with reference to the documents.
On 1/20/12 11:00 PM, "Charles Hildreth" <[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is no single "best" way of doing a literature review. Much depends on the aim, scope and length of the research study being reported. Also, different literature reviews have different purposes. If you want a recipe, I suggest you consult a cookbook. Then, again, there is no single best recipe for any dish or food offering, except, of course, my wife's. You write, "I wanted one that’s been tested among our group." I wonder, just who are the members of your group?
Charles R. Hildreth, Ph.D.
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Lancaster, Ohio 43130
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Subject: Literature Review Text
I am looking for a book or manual that walks a person through the steps of doing a literature review— very detailed, replicable steps. There are many lit review books available, but I wanted one that’s been tested among our group. Also, I am not looking for a complete guide to research, just something on literature reviews.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Sheri Anita Massey, Ph.D.
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