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A Guide for:
Writing a Dissertation Literature Review
Successfully! Read what is required to build
a clear, concise review of literature that will
ease the way to dissertation completion.
The biggest reason why so many doctoral candidates have trouble completing their dissertation is because they get mired in the literature review process. There is so much literature out there it seems like an endless swamp. It all starts to look the same, and many people have a very hard time determining just where to start. Even when one does get started the problem of how to keep track of everything comes up. How should it be prioritized, indexed, and cross-referenced? Should a new software program be purchased (and learned)? To answer these and other questions, let's first look at what a Review of Literature should do:
Almost immediately after starting your Literature Review you might be tempted to buy specialized software marketed for notes and citation management. Be very careful.
Do not be swayed by promises of putting everything into APA or MLA format at the click of a button. Right now you need help to find and utilize those things that are useful. Nothing in APA format is still nothing.
Also, be very careful about software that forces you to spend time learning new procedures and techniques.
Doing a thorough Review of Literature takes time. Each book, article, or web site must be read and reviewed for ideas that will help your project. Identify how each piece can help you, and where.
A thorough Review of Literature is critical to all other aspects of your dissertation! A good review is so crucial that Diane Kennedy, owner of the Academic Research Group, Inc. and one of the best-qualified dissertation consultants with over forty years in the field, recommends to her clients that a Dissertation Review of Literature be done first, before anything else!
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