Suggested Structures for the Literature Review Body

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Researchers read journal articles, books, articles and much more. Reading as much as you can is good but trying to read everything related to your area is not advisable.  Mapping out the areas to cover and trying to write as you go is better to achieve your target and avoid frustration later days.

Some of the suggested structures for the literature review body are based on:

  • Topics
  • Theories
  • Methodologies
  • Chronological
  • Themes or Concepts (the most common)
Below are Structures with example:

STRUCTURE 1

Simple Literature Review using two Topics:
Research topic: Forecasting urban residential water demand

EXAMPLE:

CHAPTER 2: LITERATURE REVIEW……………………………10
2.1 End Use Models………………………………………………………..11
2.2 Residential Water Demand Models………………………….25
2.3 Summary

STRUCTURE 2

Chronological Literature review example:
Research topic: Macroeconomic reform of the building and development process: The development and outcomes of building regulation reform in Australia 1990-2003

EXAMPLE:

CHAPTER 2
BUILDING REGULATION: AN HISTORICAL CONTEXT 29
2.0 Constitutional setting 29
2.1 Basic concepts underlying building regulation 30
2.2 Antecedents of building regulation in English law 32
2.3 Building regulation in Australia: Settlement to federation 35
2.4 Development of building regulation in post-federation NSW and Victoria 46
2.5 Development of building regulation after World War II 50

STRUCTURE 3

Literature review organised around Theories (2 lit. chapters)
Research topic: ‘One fundamental value’: Work for the Dole participants’ views about mutual obligation

EXAMPLE:

2 From entitlement to contract: Theories of conditional income support 23
Citizenship and welfare rights ……….24
Market liberalism……………………… 27
New paternalism………………………. 29
Communitarianism………… ………….33
‘The Third Way’………………………… 35
Policy change…………………………… 37
3 The debate over mutual obligation and Work for the Dole……41
The Job Network ……………………….. 41
Mutual obligation and Work for the Dole…………… 44
Rationales for mutual obligation…………………….. 47
Critiques of mutual obligation……………………….. 53
Community views about unemployment…………… 62
Community views about mutual obligation……….. 70

STRUCTURE 4

Literature review organised around Methodologies:
Research topic: The effectiveness of interventions in children with ADHD

EXAMPLE:

Chapter 2
Literature Review
2.1 Introduction………………………. 19
2.2 Key qualitative research………… 21
2.2.1 ADHD in children ……………… 22
2.2.2 Interventions……………………. 26
2.3 Key quantitative research………. 29
2.3.1 ADHD in children………………. 30
2.3.2 Interventions…………………… 35
2.4 Meta-analysis of the literature on intervention in ADHD…….. 39
2.5 Summary…………………………. 46

STRUCTURE 5

Literature review organised around Themes:
Research topic: The role of Information and Communication Technologies in
Knowledge Management: From Enabler to Facilitator

EXAMPLE:

CHAPTER 2 Literature Review
2.1 Introduction …………………………………………………………………….23
2.2 The complexity of knowledge …………………………………………….25
2.3 Knowledge management theory and practice ………………………31
2.4 ICT in knowledge management …………………………………………40
2.5 Issues and concerns for effective knowledge management …. 45
2.6 Concluding remarks …………………………………………………………47

Notes:

  1. Integrate materials, not merely summarise
  2. Identify major issues / debates, do not write history of the field
  3. Have a clear thought-out structure

Reference: Styling and structuring the Literature Review

 

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