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Writing a Critical Review of Literature: A Practical Guide for English Graduate Students

Sayyed Rashid Shah, Fasih Ahmed and Reena Khan
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Sayyed Rashid Shah: Assistant Professor,
Fasih Ahmed: HOD,
Reena Khan: MPhil. Researcher,

Global Language Review, 2018, vol. 3, issue 1, 136-153

Abstract: As an integral part of dissertations and theses, research scholars in different disciplines require to write a comprehensive chapter on "literature review" that establishes the conceptual and theoretical foundations of an empirical research study. This, however, poses an intellectual challenge to produce a critical review of the published research on a given topic. Therefore, this paper addresses the students problems of writing the literature review in a thesis or dissertation at the graduate and postgraduate levels. It explains the process and steps of reviewing literature for a thesis chapter. These steps include; a) critical reading and note-taking, b) writing a summary of the reviewed literature, c) organization of literature review, and d) the use of a synthesis matrix. The last part of the paper offers suggestions on how to write critically and make the researcher's voice explicit in the chapter.

Keywords: Applied Linguistics; Lahore Leeds University; Lahore; Punjab; Pakistan. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.31703/glr.2018(III-I).01

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