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Preparing for your dissertation - the literature review: Introduction

Succeed @ Tees Workshops: Your dissertation - getting started

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We run a Succeed@Tees workshop on Getting started on your dissertation.

Are you beginning to think about writing your final year project or dissertation? If so, you will need to consider how you are going to plan and prepare for this piece of work to make a good start.

This workshop aims to help you:

  • Identify the key aspects of preparing for a dissertation or project
  • Consider how to select an appropriate topic and develop it into a question
  • Understand the purpose of the literature review, and what you need to bear in mind before beginning to write one
  • Identify any potential problems which might prevent you from producing a successful dissertation

This workshop is not being run at the moment, however you can still access the materials we use in the workshops - see below.

Materials used in the workshops:

We also run other writing workshops - see for a complete list.



The aim of these workshops is to prepare you for the task of carrying out a literature review for your dissertation or major project at Teesside University. We will be covering:

  • Aim of your literature review
  • Creating your own search strategy
  • Finding books and journal articles for your topic
  • Managing your references using RefWorks
  • Building up a bibliography for your portfolio
  • Thinking critically about your results
  • Writing your review


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What students said

Library staff on the course were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

The library sessions were extremely helpful and well organised and encouraged me to use different literature search sites.

The staff were clear coherent and professional in the content delivery.

A key improvement for me has been the use of library facilities in searching for journals and help with referencing.

The library sessions were extremely useful and the skills I developed in these will prove invaluable when doing my literature review.

The library staff did a terrific job teaching the group how to specialise searches… Also introducing me to RefWorks was very valuable to me. Really this package could save me a lot of time.

The most useful aspect of the workshop was ……

“The preparation for our literature review” “literature review and critical thinking evaluation” “Critical Thinking - helped me to become aware of how to be critical” “the interactive elements with step-by-step instructions” “RefWorks and paragraph writing”