A literature review, as part of a thesis or for any other publication, should demonstrate your knowledge of the research has been conducted in the past and should place your research in the context of this work. A thesis is an original and significant piece of work that adds to the body of knowledge in a particular field. A literature review can have a number of purposes within a thesis. These include:
Randolph, J. J. (2009) A guide to writing the dissertation literature review. Practical Assessment Research & Evaluation. 14(13) 1-13
Your research proposal is the first thing you need to do when you start on your project.
The aim is to explain that your topic is relevant and that the approach you take are sound. When the supervisors are happy with your proposal you will be able to start on your actual research.
A research proposal needs to include:
Attard, N. (2018). WASP (Write a Scientific Paper): Writing an academic research proposal. Early Human Development, 123, 39-41. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.04.011
Good search practice could involve keeping a search diary or document detailing your search activities (Phelps et. al. 2007, pp. 128-149), so that you can keep track of effective search terms, or to help others to reproduce your steps and get the same results.
This record could be a document, table or spreadsheet with:
A search planner may help you to organise you thoughts prior to conducting your search. If you have any problems with organising your thoughts prior, during and after searching please contact your Library Faculty Team for individual help.
If you would like to find out more about the research methods used in your discipline area there are a couple of places to search:
Tip: Sage Research Methods database has an exceptional help section, which includes videos about how to use the database.