Research Methods: Doing a literature review

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Application of ideas: Constructing your own literature map

Construct a literature map for the area of education that you are interested in researching.

Guidelines for helping you to construct a literature map:

  • identify emerging themes from your reading and write each of these on separate post-it notes to create headings
  • stick these onto a large piece of paper and highlight the key terms on each
  • look through your sources (paper based or electronic) searching for these key terms
  • make lists of the authors (and possibly relevant page numbers) who refer to one of the emerging themes on a post-it and stick next to the appropriate heading
  • repeat for each of the emerging themes
  • move the post-its around and explore how the different themes link together