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Working with Literature
What should I be reading and what do I do with it all?

O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

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The Importance of Working with Literature
Working with literature is an essential part of the research process that:   

generates ideas helps form significant questions is instrumental in the process of research design O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

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Working with literature
Working with Literature

Find it!
Knowing the literature types

Manage it!
Reading efficiently Keeping track of references Writing relevant annotations

Use it!

Review it!
Choosing your research topic Understanding the lit review¶s purpose Ensuring adequate coverage Writing purposefully Working on style and tone

Using available resources

Developing your question

Honing your search skills

Arguing your rationale Informing your work with theory Designing method

O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

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Finding literature
Finding relevant literature can be made easier if you are able to readily access and draw on a wide variety of resources such as:      

reference materials books journals grey literature official publications archives O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six 4

Finding literature
Don t go it alone!!
When looking for literature be sure to call on the experts such as:    

librarians supervisors other researchers practitioners
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O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

Intersecting Areas of Literature
BODY PIERCING

” FOUCAULT ” ” ” TEENAGERS

RITES OF PASSAGE

background literature moderate relevance

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high relevance
highest relevance

O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

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Managing the literature
It also pays to be organized and diligent when it comes to keeping references.  

Keep and file copies of relevant books, articles, etc. Avoid lending out your only copies Find out about the recommended referencing style and use it from the start Consider using bibliographic file management software such as Procite, Endnote, or Reference Manager O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six 7





Annotating Sources
Annotating your sources provides you with a record of relevant literature. It should include:     

the citation articulation of the author and audience a short summary critical commentary notes on relevance that remind you of the significance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

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Using the Literature
Literature is used for disparate purposes throughout the research process. Whether it be:     

focusing interests defining questions arguing a rationale theoretically informing your study developing appropriate design, or writing a formal literature review

every stage of the research process demands literary engagement O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six 9

The Formal Literature Review
Most find the writing of a literature review a difficult task that takes patience, practice, drafts, and redrafts

O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

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The Formal Literature Review
The formal literature review is a very specific piece of writing designed to:   

inform your readers of your topic establish your credibility as a researcher argue the need for, and relevance of, your work O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage Chapter Six

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Reviewing the Literature vs. The Literature Review

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