It should not take more than two or three dedicated sessions.
Step Three: Find relevant excerpts in your books and articles: Skim the contents of each book and article and look specifically for these five things: 1.
Make sure that you only get articles and books in those areas, even if you come across fascinating books in other areas.
A literature review I am currently working on, for example, explores barriers to higher education for undocumented students.
At university you may be asked to write a literature review in order to demonstrate your understanding of the literature on a particular topic.
You show your understanding by analysing and then synthesising the information to: Work out what you need to address in the literature review.
It could be from five sources at first year undergraduate level to more than fifty for a thesis. Keep a note of the publication title, date, authors’ names, page numbers and publishers. Each body paragraph should deal with a different theme that is relevant to your topic.
You will need to synthesise several of your reviewed readings into each paragraph, so that there is a clear connection between the various sources.
Sonja Foss and William Walters* describe an efficient and effective way of writing a literature review.
Their system provides an excellent guide for getting through the massive amounts of literature for any purpose: in a dissertation, an M. thesis, or an article or book in any field of study.