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How to write your literature review

what is this topic about?

Not a clue what a literature review is, but need to write one? Have a vague idea what a literature review is, but don't know how to write one? Written literature reviews before, and looking for some tips to help you improve? Whatever your circumstances, we hope you find something in this topic to help you write a great literature review with the minimum pain.

We start with the basics, and if you've written a literature review before and are just looking for a few hints and tips, there'll be sections you can skip (for example, you probably won't need the 'What's a literature review, and why should I write a good one?' bit). Feel free to browse around the course and see what you find useful. There are 'top tips' sprinkled liberally through the course that you may find helpful.

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when you've done this topic, you'll be able to:

who should do this topic?

We've assumed you're at university and are probably an undergraduate, but we hope postgrads will find bits of this topic useful too. We tried to keep this topic 'generic', as literature reviewing skills are much the same whatever subject you're studying.

how long will this topic take?

Each page in this topic will take 10-20 minutes to complete, so if you work through the whole topic it will take you about 2 hours to complete. You can use the topic navigation box to jump to the pages that will be most helpful to you, or you can start at the beginning and work through the whole topic - it's entirely up to you.

what do I need to know before I do this topic?

You don't need any prior knowledge to do this topic.

do I need any equipment or resources to do this topic?

For some of the activities in this topic, you'll need a pen and paper.

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