These guides are the result of a joint effort of the [email protected] project and the Colorado State University Writing Center.
Development of these guides began in 1993, when the original Online Writing Center was developed for campus use at Colorado State University.
Find books in the library that are relevant and check them out.
Set a specific time frame for how long you will search.
It should not take more than two or three dedicated sessions.
Step Three: Find relevant excerpts in your books and articles: Skim the contents of each book and article and look specifically for these five things: 1.
Don’t forget to include the citations as you write, so as not to lose track of who said what.
Repeat this for each section of your literature review.
I think that Foss and Walter’s system for writing the literature review is ideal for a dissertation, because a Ph. candidate has already read widely in his or her field through graduate seminars and comprehensive exams. It is always hard to figure out how much you need to read for deep meaning, and how much you just need to know what others have said.
That balance will depend on how much you already know.