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24 NOVEMBER 2011

Writing a Literature Review

"A literature review is a survey and discussion of the literature in a given area of study. It is a concise overview of what has been studied, argued, and established about a topic, and it is usually organized chronologically or thematically. A literature review is written in essay format. It is not an annotated bibliography, because it groups related works together and discusses trends and developments rather than focusing on one item at a time. It is not a summary; rather, it evaluates previous and current research in regard to how relevant and/or useful it is and how it relates to your own research."

(Saint Mary's University)

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academic writingannotated bibliography • area of study • chronologically • concise overview • current research • discussion of the literature • essay format • evaluation • grouped related developments • grouped related worksliterature reviewprevious researchresearch paperresearch topic • Saint Marys University • survey of literature • thematicallytopictrends • your own research

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Simon Perkins
24 NOVEMBER 2011

Annotated Bibliography

"An annotated bibliography provides a brief account of the available research on a given topic. It is a list of research sources that includes concise descriptions and evaluations of each source.

The annotation usually contains a brief summary of content and a short analysis or evaluation. Depending on your assignment you may be asked to reflect, summarise, critique, evaluate or analyse the source.

An annotated bibliography may be a component of a larger assignment or it may be a stand–alone assignment. While an annotation can be as brief as one sentence, the standard annotated bibliography consists of a citation followed by a short paragraph."

(University of New South Wales, 2005)

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academic writingannotated bibliography • concise descriptions • critique sources • evaluate sources • evaluations • list of research sourcesliterature reviewreflectreflection-on-actionresearch paper • short paragraphs • sourcetopicundergraduate researchUniversity of New South Wales

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Simon Perkins
23 NOVEMBER 2011

Academic Phrasebank: a general resource for academic writers

"The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological 'nuts and bolts' of writing organised under the headings to the left. It was designed primarily with international students whose first language is not English in mind. However, if you are a native speaker writer, you may still find parts of the material helpful.

The phrases can be used simply to assist you in thinking about your writing, or they can be used in your own work where this is appropriate. In most cases a certain amount of creativity will be necessary when you do this. It is also possible to transfer some of the words used in particular phrases to others. The phrases are content neutral and generic in nature; in using them, therefore, you are not stealing other people's ideas and this does not constitute plagiarism."

(John Morley, 3 November 2011)

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academic essay • Academic Phrasebank • academic writingassignment writingdissertationessay • essay structure • essay writingresearch dissertationresearch paperresearch topicresearchertopic • topic of interest • University of Manchesterwriting

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Simon Perkins
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