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Research Guides: The Literature Review: A Research Journey: Overview

Research Guides: The Literature Review: A Research Journey: Overview

A guide for students on how to write literature reviews.

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Doug Worsham
Doug Worsham (Librarian)
2 years ago
An extensive and ambitious overview of the literature review writing process from question formation, to literature search, and synthesis and writing. Content is organized into major sections for each stage of the process and each major stage contains an overview (text), a short "e-lecture" and best of all a "Faculty and student voices" video. The direct insights of the faculty and students were particularly compelling, and I was left wondering if these narratives might have been even more effective if they had been presented as contextualizing examples given in the flow of the e-Lecture tutorials. I felt the content was very strong throughout, and that it also would have benefited from additional examples and, ideally, opportunities for the learner to self-check their understanding. For example, for some of the main points, could learners engage with contrasting examples in order to check their understanding? Self-checks and contextualizing examples like this would be compelling to explore as additions/extension activities. From a usability perspective, I wondered if the image-based navigation picture, which appears in between the left-side navigation and the text-content was helpful. I can see the rationale for a visual navigation overview (and I like the idea) but as presented it seemed too small for many users to see, and I was initially unclear on what its purpose was. Otherwise, however, the guide was navigable and well organized.
Time spent reviewing site: 90 minutes