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1 Literature Reviews & Annotated Bibliographies Presented by Lise Brin, MLIS lbrin@stfx.calbrin@stfx.ca 867-3669 May 2013

2 The Annotated Bibliography What is an annotated bibliography and why would we write one? in class in research Uses of the annotated bibliography: as initial step prior to writing paper as stand-alone document as supporting document as record of your literature search

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4 The Literature Review What is a literature review and why would we write one? o for class o for research Types of literature reviews*: o Traditional o Conceptual o Scoping o Systematic Similar documents: The review article The meta-analytical review *See http://guides.library.ubc.ca/litreviewshttp://guides.library.ubc.ca/litreviews

5 The Literature Review A central part of theses, dissertations, research articles What are the purposes of a literature review?* o situate your work in its area of study o understand how knowledge in your area has evolved o find out – and show that you understand – what’s known in your area o compare different theoretical schools in your area o identify methodologies for your study *This section is adapted from http://guides.library.ubc.ca/litreviewshttp://guides.library.ubc.ca/litreviews

6 The Literature Review  There is often a method section (how and where you found the sources you included, why you excluded others)  Lays the groundwork for your own research, e.g.  shows that your approach is so new and original that no one else has done anything like it, or  points out that other research has identified this as an area that needs more attention, or  shows that you are replicating prior experiments or building on existing research.

7 Writing a Literature Review Read lots of examples Don't just list examples of research – synthesize and organize what you've found Keep in mind the purposes of the review Make sure you are not just being descriptive Keep the focus narrow Ask your supervisor for guidance on style, purpose, and expectations

8 Activity #1 Group activity: What are the steps you would follow for writing a literature review?

9 Activity #2 Work in pairs. Pretend you’re having a meeting with your supervisor, and he/she asks you to start working on a literature review on the research topic you're working on. What questions would you ask?

10 Selected Further Readings How to Research (2006) By L. Blaxter, C. Hughes & M. Tight Available as an eBook (part of the Library’s collection) from: http://www.novanet.eblib.com.libproxy.stfx.ca/patron/Read.aspx?p=316254 The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It by D. Taylor, Health Sciences Writing Centre, University of Toronto Available online: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review Doing Your Literature Review: Traditional and Systematic Techniques (2011) by J. Jesson, L. Matheson & F. M. Lacey Available from the Angus L. Macdonald Library: H62 J44 2011 Basic Research Methods: An Entry to Social Science Research (2010) G. Guthrie Available as an eBook (part of the Library’s collection) from: http://www.novanet.eblib.com.libproxy.stfx.ca/patron/Read.aspx?p=592868 Research Methods for Science (2010) M. P. Marder Available as an eBook (part of the Library’s collection) from: http://www.novanet.eblib.com.libproxy.stfx.ca/patron/Read.aspx?p=605086


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