Creating the literature review: research questions and arguments


This useful advice to start and to do a literature review

DoctoralWriting SIG

Arnold Wentzel teaches economics, teaching methodology in business, and also research writing skills across social science disciplines at the University of Johannesburg. This is the first in a four-part series in which he explains his way of approaching the literature review. Arnold reminds us to pay careful attention to assumptions in order to produce effective argumentative writing.

by Arnold Wentzel

PART 1: UNDERSTANDING THE LITERATURE REVIEW AS ARGUMENTS SUPPORTING THE RESEARCH QUESTION

The label ‘literature review’ is a misnomer which sometimes leads thesis writers to produce unfocused and badly written literature review chapters. This post begins a series of four that untangles the purpose of working with literature.

The literature review chapter usually follows the introductory chapter which has argued for a specific research problem and question, and precedes the research design chapter which will explain how the question is to be answered. In the introductory chapter the question is posed, but in the research design chapter…

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