Over the past two weeks, I’ve been on Twitter, looking at tweets mentioning the words “literature review”. And what happened isn’t what I expected: I didn’t see that many PhD students talking about the shortcomings of their own reviews. No. As I looked through the tweets, I saw dozens and dozens of undergraduate (and maybe some graduate) students lamenting that they had no idea how to do the literature review they were supposed to finish over the weekend.
First, wow. I didn’t know that university professors were asking that kind of assignment to undergraduates! This seems a bit harsh to me.
Second, I decided to go ahead and create this guide. I’m going to tell you how to finish your “stand alone” literature review (meaning, its an assignment for a college class and that won’t be a part of a thesis or dissertation) as easily, quickly and efficiently as possible. And at the end of this article, you will be able to download a PDF checklist of everything you need to do, with extra advice thrown in for good measure…
So, PhD students, pass your way for today. And come back next week for something more tailored to your expectations.
As for the others, let’s dive in.