Creating the literature review: research questions and arguments (Part 3 of 4)

Very helpful strategies for approach the nemesis that is the “lit review”

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PART 3: PLANNING THE STRUCTURE AND FLOW

In Part 2, I explained how to generate the content of the literature review. At this stage it is just a list of assumptions (those labelled A to F in Part 2), and each assumption is a claim to be argued. Before expanding on each of these assumptions-as-claims, they have to be organised into a coherent writing plan.

Technique for connecting the content of the literature review

Finding a logical flow between assumptions can be challenging, but I’ve found a method for creating flow that seems to work well. If one can insert a connecting phrase (shown in italics below) between the assumptions so it reads like one long sentence that makes sense, then the order is probably logical. It might take a bit of arranging and rearranging to find a structure that works.

Success is best measured in terms of money (D)

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2 thoughts on “Creating the literature review: research questions and arguments (Part 3 of 4)

  1. pgmpblog

    Fabulous!…just in the nick of time (pun unintended)…How did you know?…Thanks for sharing Nick.

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