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Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.

Finding Resources and Doing the Literature Review

Finding resources and doing the literature review


What is a literature review?

Effective searching

What makes a good source?

Types of sources and their relative strengths and weaknesses

  • Online sources
  • Internet sources: health warnings

Building the literature review

  • Hooks
  • Anecdotes
  • Main concepts
  • Use the original texts

Reviewing texts from a different moment in time

Help with academic writing style

  • Example: how to introduce and link texts

The literature review is a key building block in the academic challenge which you mount in the whole of your dissertation

This chapter turns to researching and preparing the literature review. It explores the purpose of the literature review and gives some tips on producing a good one. This includes working with a range of sources and different ways of finding and accessing them, such as via online ...

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