HOW TO WRITE AN EXCELLENT LITERATURE REVIEW

January 11, 2017. IMPERIAL WRITERS

In project writing today, researchers or project writers have had this problem of writing an awesome literature review for their research work, be it undergraduate project or final year research. There are no two ways about the presentation of a good research literature review be it dissertation or MBA/MSC thesis writing, the literature always follow the same format except when the gap in knowledge is required maybe in tabular form by project supervisors.

Research students in Nigerian, Ghana and Togo are always advised to go online and get free research project topics that are still trending and practice on how to write a good literature review.

THE STRUCTURE OF RESEARCH LITERATURE REVIEW

A standard research literature review is expected to follow the format below:

  1. Introduction
  2. Conceptual framework
  3. Theoretical framework
  4. Empirical review
  5. Knowledge gap (optional)
  6. Summary of literature

INTRODUCTION: here undergraduate or final year project students is expected to simply spell out in at least seven (7) what this chapter will contain. As we have it above conceptual framework, theoretical framework, empirical review etc. a good introduction gives the project supervisor a kind confidence in his or her project students.

CONCEPTUAL FRAME WORK: a good conceptual frame work will cover all the research objectives so as to help solve the problem of the research work. This section involves the use of diagrams to explain certain key variables in the research work. The use of diagram is usually high in MBA/MSC thesis research.

THEORITICAL FRAME WORK: this section is very important in research work. Undergraduate project students, post graduate research students are expected to search for theories that are related to their research project topic.

For example, consider the project topic on human resource management: work life balancing and its effect on employee productivity; the theory that are suited for the above research topic are The Segmentation Theory, Spill-Over Theory, Compensation Theory, Resource Drain Theory and Border Theory. A project student is expected to get the theories that are related to their research work/ topic.

EMPERICAL REVIEW

The empirical review is simply talking about the various researches done by other researchers concerning your topic or peoples research works that are similar to your research work. The names of various researchers must be attached to their findings or statement.

For example: the use of instructional materials in teaching and learning of geography in senior secondary schools has significant effect on the level of the academic achievement of students (Androameda, 2017)

SUMMARY OF LITERATURE

Here the research or project students are expected to point out their view concerning all what was discussed on each section of the literature review.

RESEARCH STUDENT CAN GET MOST OF THE ACADEMIC JOURNAL FOR THEIR LITERATURE REVIEW FROM:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_academic_journals
  2. www.academicjournals.org/journal
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_economics_journals
  4. www.economics-ejournal.org
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accounting_journals

If a research student that wishes to carry out research on any project topic, with the above format for literature review such research student will be able to present an awesome literature review.