“Accurate, clearly written, and easy to understand even for the beginning researcher, with equal coverage of both qualitative and quantitative research. This is the only book to combine a textbook approach with a how-to approach.”
—Carol Roberts, Professor, University of La Verne
Author, The Dissertation Journey
“This is a very practical book and will be immediately usable for graduate students at any stage in their research. The multitude of examples is wonderful, and the content is very current.”
—Mary Betsy Brenner, Professor of Education
University of California, Santa Barbara
The advice and resources you need to complete your thesis or dissertation!
No matter what state or stage your project is in, this how-to manual provides comprehensive guidance to help you tackle your master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.
Covering both quantitative and qualitative research methods, this essential resource offers direction for every step of the process. Drawing on 40 years of experience supervising dissertations, the authors provide examples from 100 completed projects to guide readers through:
Choosing a topic and writing research hypotheses; Selecting a chair or committee; Ensuring a successful proposal and oral defense; Adapting the finished product for publication; Using the Internet and desktop publishing effectively
With a conversational style suitable for both faculty and students, Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation demystifies the writing experience and presents step-by-step directions for successfully completing your project.
Chapter 7: Writing the Literature Review Chapter
Writing the Literature Review Chapter
The review of the literature will provide the basic rationale for your research from which will emerge the statement of the problem, research questions or hypotheses, and design of your study. Therefore, we recommend that you begin work on Chapter Two, “Review of the Literature,” prior to writing Chapter One, ...