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Preparing for your dissertation - the literature review: Introduction



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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Workshop materials

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”