Flashcards in INRS 7311 Learning Unit 3 : The Literature Review , Conceptualisation and Operationalisation Theme 1 : The Literature Review Deck (5):
Explain the purpose of a literature review between 3-8 marks
*Quick definition : Searching for , reading and evaluating studies related to your research .
*Serves a few purposes then , namely :
*Defining key terms and concepts
*Determining the relationship between variables
*Identifying gaps in the information
*Refining the area of study .
*Generate new ideas
Discuss different types of literature reviews 8 marks
1 / Historical review = follows the sequence of the literature as to when it was released ,both past to present and vice versa.
2/ Thematic review : Groups literature into different themes/schools of thought .
3/Theoretical review : Links literature to theories and evidence .
4/Empirical review : Focus is on methodologies and empirical evidence used in the studies .
Explain the literature review process
*1/ Searching for Literature : Process begins by looking for literature ; ie any published material related to the research topic . Sources can be either primary or secondary .
2/Read literature with a purpose : Evaluate gathered material with the following Q's ( Who , what , where , why , when )
3/Summarize the literature : Shorten the texts by keeping only the main words .
4/Write your review
Explain the criteria a literature review should meet 4-6 marks
*Who ? : Is the author of the source chosen credible and reliable ?
*What ? : How relevant is your chosen source to your subject ?
*Where?: Where did the chosen study occur ? Participants from different areas will respond differently to the same study .
*When ? : When was the chosen source published ?