Weekly study3 hours
Independent Research Project: Literature Review
Produce a high quality literature review for your independent research project
A quality literature review is central to a good project. This course explores the role of a literature review within your project and how it links to the research question and design. The course explores approaches to doing a literature review and outlines the different phases involved.
During this course you will cover the following topics:
- Linking the literature review to the research question and design
- Analysis of the main purposes a literature review might serve
- Some approaches to doing a literature review
- Discussion of strategies for identifying which sources to include in a literature review
- The University’s guidance on plagiarism and ways to avoid committing it
This is supported through the following activities:
- Reading your degree-specific guidance on the requirements for your literature review
- Compiling a list of tips for producing a good literature review
- Devising a strategy for searching using Locate
- Making an initial plan of your literature
- Reading the university guides on academic misconduct, Harvard referencing and searching using Locate
- Practicing quoting, paraphrasing, and summarising research, and citing it correctly
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
Who is the course for?
Postgraduate students undertaking their final project.
Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.