They will ask questions such as: These are questions that you will already probably be asking yourself.
If you can find a few really useful sources, it can be a good idea to check through their reference lists to see the range of sources that they referred to.
This can be particularly useful if you find a review article that evaluates other literature in the field.
You can then begin your process of evaluating the quality and relevance of what you read, and this can guide you to more focussed further reading. It can give you a degree of control, in what can feel like an overwhelming and uncontrollable stage of the research process.
Taylor and Procter of The University of Toronto have some useful suggested questions to ask yourself at the beginning of your reading: can add other questions of your own to focus the search, for example: What time period am I interested in? Searching electronic databases is probably the quickest way to access a lot of material.
You need to demonstrate to your reader that you are examining your sources with a critical approach, and not just believing them automatically.
Your interpretation of each piece of evidence is just that: an interpretation.This will then provide you with a long reference list, and some evaluation of the references it contains.No electronic literature search can be 100% comprehensive, as the match between search terms and the content of articles will never be perfect.Guidance will be available via your own department or school and via the relevant Information Librarian.There may also be key sources of publications for your subject that are accessible electronically, such as collections of policy documents, standards, archive material, videos, and audio-recordings.Increased ease of access to a wider range of published material has also increased the need for careful and clear critique of sources.Just because something is ‘published’ does not mean its quality is assured.It can also establish a framework within which to present and analyse the findings.After reading your literature review, it should be clear to the reader that you have up-to-date awareness of the relevant work of others, and that the research question you are asking is relevant. Be wary of saying that your research will solve a problem, or that it will change practice.There are three stages at which a review of the literature is needed: This applies especially to people doing Ph Ds on a part-time basis, where their research might extend over six or more years.You need to be able to demonstrate that you are aware of current issues and research, and to show how your research is relevant within a changing context.