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Top 5 tips on finding good sources for your dissertation literature review

The dissertation proposal should include a number of essential elements to be complete and well composed. The elements are the following:  a title, an introduction, the objectives and goals behind the writing of this proposal and after the choice of the problem, the methodology you will follow, a literature review, the resources, the outline of the chapters or sections your proposal will be divided to, a timetable and references.

The objective of a dissertation literature review

The objective of a literature review is to demonstrate your deep knowledge in the subject of research throughout all the reading you have done concerning a certain question or topic in the same domain field. The dissertation literature review could be a separate statement or a section of the introduction. It is crucial to know that a review is not only a description of all the other publications and writing in this field but it is also a critical debate, highlighting different views of different theories and approaches. You should write it in an analytic style linking back all the information to your own research.

Five tips on finding good sources for your dissertation literature review 

  • Extensive search: In order to create a good dissertation literature review you have to prove your capacity in finding appropriate related material form a large variety of sources. To do so, try to search online and in all the available universities and departmental libraries.
  • Meaningful content: Don’t lose your time in the empty description of some writings, only direct to relevant content and spend as much time as you can a analyzing and presenting arguments about the similar significance of different sources that could be useful to your own study or research.
  • Validity of the sources: As important it is to read a large amount of material it is even more crucial to find directly related writing to help you through your own analysis.
  • The origin of the source: it is important to consider the history and background of the author, his literature profile, etc.
  • Don’t hesitate asking: your supervisors could sometimes provide you with a good list of materials to review so do not hesitate asking them for it.