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Matching readings to questions

Only include things with a clear role

The next powerful step in the journey towards an interesting discussion of your topic is matching specific readings to specific questions. This ensures that you know how to make best use of each publication you have collected. It helps you see whether or not the papers you have in your bibliography are really the ones you need to be discussing.

If a paper clearly provides information that helps you answer one or more of the questions you are going to discuss, then its in. If you can’t immediately see which question a paper helps you answer, it’s out.

Let’s look at an example, from one of the students in the videos. This is how he very simply and quickly reviewed his annotated bibliography, and started matching some reading material to specific questions, before reading the papers carefully to select useful quotes and parts to summarise and paraphrase:


Q - How can cloud computing be integrated into e-commerce?

Goel, K, & Goel, M 2016, ‘Cloud computing based e-commerce model’, In Recent Trends in Electronics, Information & Communication Technology (RTEICT), IEEE International Conference on pp. 27-30. IEEE.

Q - What factors affect the integration of cloud computing and e-commerce?

Iswarawati, Vidyani, F & Azizah, N 2013, ‘Integration of E-Commerce and Cloud Computing for Implementation of Business Based on ICT in Indonesia’, International Journal of Computer Science and Electronics Engineering (IJCSEE), vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 436-439.

Q - What type of cloud computing service model is more effective for e-commerce?

Khan, M, Xu, X, Dou, W, & Yu, S 2016, ‘OSaaS: Online shopping as a service to escalate e-commerce in developing countries’, in High Performance Computing and Communications; IEEE 14th International Conference on Smart City, IEEE 2nd International Conference on Data Science and Systems (HPCC/SmartCity/DSS), 2016 IEEE 18th International Conference on, pp. 1402-1409. IEEE.

Ngai, EW, & Wat, FKT 2002, ‘A literature review and classification of electronic commerce research’, in Information & Management, vol. 39, no.55, pp. 415-429.

Q - What factors affect the adoption of cloud computing?

Sharma, SK, Al-Badi, AH, Govindaluri, SM, & Al-Kharusi, MH 2016, ‘Predicting motivators of cloud computing adoption: A developing country perspective’, in Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 62, pp. 61-69.

Q - What can cloud computing do for e-commerce?

Wang, D 2013, ‘Influences of cloud computing on e-commerce businesses and industry’, Journal of Software Engineering and Applications, vol. 6, pp. 313-318.

Wang, B, & Tang, J 2016, ‘The Analysis of application of cloud computing in e-commerce’, in 2016 International Conference onInformation System and Artificial Intelligence (ISAI), pp. 148-151. IEEE.

Yang, Haibo & Tate, Mary 2012, ‘A descriptive literature review and classification of cloud computing research’, in Communications of the Association for Information Systems, vol. 31, article 2.

Q - Which strategies would be most effective for an SME in integrating e-commerce with cloud computing?

*Yu, J, & Ni, J 2013, ‘Development Strategies for SME E-Commerce Based on Cloud Computing’ In Internet Computing for Engineering and Science (ICICSE), 2013 Seventh International Conference on, pp. 1-8. IEEE.


Doing this helps you decide quickly which papers to include or leave out of your discussion.

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Research Writing: How to Do a Literature Review

University of Wollongong

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