POSSIBLE WAYS OF STRUCTURING A LITERATURE REVIEW

POSSIBLE WAYS OF STRUCTURING A LITERATURE REVIEW

chronological organization – the discussion of the research is ordered according to historical or developmental context




the classic studies organisation – a discussion or outline of the major writing regarded as significant in your area of study (remember that in nearly all research there are benchmark studies or articles that should be acknowledged

topical or thematic organisation – the research is divided into sections representing the categories or conceptual subjects for your topic. the discussion is organised into these categories or subjects.




inverted pyramid organization – the literature review begins with a discussion of the related literature from a broad perspective. it then deals with more and more specific or localized studies that focus increasingly on the specific question at hand

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