Writing a Literature Review
The literature review must survey the existing research that is relevant to the question that is addressed by your research project. Your dissertation tutor may be able to give you some pointers but really it is down to you to go and find as much relevant information as possible.
To find out more about word count, relevance, presentation, reviews & useful website, please visit the Writing a Literature Review page.
There are many ways to introduce an academic essay or assignment. Most academic writers, however, appear to do one or more of the following in their introductions:
- establish the context, background and/or importance of the topic
- indicate a problem, controversy or a gap in the field of study
- define the topic or key terms
- state the purpose of the essay/writing
- provide an overview of the coverage and/or structure of the writing
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To find out more about establishing the importance of topics, time frame, problems, controversy, knowledge gaps, focus, aims, outlines related to writing introductions, please visit the Writing Introductions page.
In academia there is some overlap between reports and essays, and the two words are sometimes used interchangeably, but reports are more likely to be needed for business, scientific and technical subjects, and in the workplace.
To find out more about report writing and explore this writing style, please visit the Writing Reports page.
Conclusions are shorter sections of academic texts which usually serve two functions. The first is to summarise and bring together the main areas covered in the writing, which might be called “looking back”; and the second is to give a final comment or judgement on this. The final comment may also include making suggestions for improvement and speculating on future directions.
Find out more about summarising content, aims of the research, findings, limitations to the current research, recommendations for further work & implications for practice or policy, please visit the Writing Conclusions page.