I’m lost, I don’t know what to do, can you help?
Just send me a message and I’ll try and do my best to help you!
If you want to talk with me and get my professional advice, you can also book a coaching session.
I hate doing this literature review. Can you do it for me?
Sorry but no. You are the specialist of your own subject area, you are the one most able to screen for relevant papers. And the actual writing needs to reflect your own point of view.
What I’m trying to do, though, is to make it for you to be as painless as possible, by giving out as much information and tips as possible on this website. If you need more help, you can send me a message using the contact form above. I’ll try and steer you in the right direction…
And for even more help, you can book a coaching session.
Errr… But what is a literature review actually?
It’s an academic text that analyses and sums up other academic papers on a particular subject.
It’s often the first part of a thesis / dissertation or an academic journal article. But it can also be a stand-alone paper, either set up as an exercise for a university class or as a published academic paper.
Here is a full post explaining what a literature review is.
Okay, so where shall I start?
Try and have a look at all the posts tagged “Start here!”.
If you’ve been assigned to do a literature review as an exercise (as opposed as part of a thesis or dissertation), I explain exactly what you should be doing, step-by-step, in this post.
How do I make sure that my review is absolutely thorough and that I don’t miss any paper in my field?
Well… You can’t!
Actually, I have a whole post explaining why you can’t ever be absolutely thorough.
And it’s fine! Everybody in the academic world knows that it’s an impossible task. You just have to do your best.
I can help you on that: if you follow the posts in my “Literature Search” category, you will find lots of information that will help you to be as thorough as possible.
And you should check this post: “How to be as thorough as possible”.
What are your credentials?
I’ve been working as a librarian for over six years now and my current job is to actually teach to graduate and postgraduate students how to do a literature search and / or a literature review.
Wanna hear what they say about the training I provide? Here are some quotes from the feedback form I have them fill in after each session:
- “Very helpful. I have a window into a whole new world of research now!”
- “I really enjoyed the training. Aurélie is so passionate that she communicates to others and I like her creativity for the session to make it alive!”
- “[I liked] the rich information, knowledgeable presenter who answered all questions thoroughly.”
- “I felt that Aurélie was very genuinely interested in our work, and that she wished to support us to do our research well. She was able to respond to all of our individual needs.”
- “I had been trained on using EndNote twice before and still did not get it. This time, I feel ready to tackle my references!”
- “She completely demystified the literature search.”