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If you have to write literature reviews, this entry will be helpful for you.
Writing literature reviews is really difficult for me
since I have to read several articles, organize their ideas, and combine the main points.
It takes more than two weeks, but there is no improvement. haha

My teacher gave us guidelines on how to proceed step by step for writing literature reviews,
so I' going to leave themt here.
I hope this helps future students.

How to Write Literature Reviews
1. Choose a reading (that relates to the topic area you chose)
that you found that you could understand and follow pretty well.

2. Re-read the abstract (if there is one) and then the conclusion.

3. Say out loud (to yourself or a friend) what the article or chapter is about?
See if you can talk about it for a couple of minutes.

4. Then say whether you think this helps you understand something new about academic language?
If so, what.

5. Then sit down and draft a version of what you said. Write about 200 or 250 words if you can.

6. Then go back and read it again a bit more carefully.
Highlight some wordings from the article that you think might be useful to include
as quotations to back up what you want to say in your comments on what it is about.

7. You can also highlight any bits where the writer says something about
how they undertook their study (If this is not clearly evident - don't worry).

8. Now go back to your 200-250 words and see if you can redraft it to add in some more information
and some quotes (properly referenced of course).

9. Then do the same for 2 or 3 more articles.

Now you have the backbone of a paper.

10. You can think about how each reading helps you to understand something
different, a different perspective or different feature of academic writing in general,
or perhaps something about writing in specific subject areas.
You can also think about whether they are saying similar things in some way.

These ideas will help you to decide how you could link your commentaries from one bit of the paper
to the next. They will provide you with some glue to connect the parts.

11. Now if you are able to say something in some degree of detail about 3 to 5 papers,
your next task is to see if you can link in references any some other readings that you have read,
or even go look for other readings in order to find ones that will connect in some way.
You do not have to provide the same detail in your comments of these other additional readings.
You can just say enough to show how they connect in some way to the ones you describe in more detail.

You are nearly finished now. What is left

12. Write a few sentences of introduction to the paper. Tell me what kind of paper it is
(ie a literature review paper) and what your chosen focus is.
Say something about why you think it is important to explore what the literature says
about this issue.

13. (Lucky last- well almost last) write a paragraph of conclusion summarising
what you have been able to learn from the literature you have read,
and finish with some thoughts on how this knowledge could be useful in your filed.

14.Last is to ensure that you list all the texts you have referenced in a Reference section
at the end. Make sure you are careful in following conventions here.

Here are some new phrase(s) that I have come across in daily life.

1. buzz (in a newspaper)
= the sound of people talking, especially in an excited way
2. gent (in a newspaper)
= a gentleman
3. grumpy (in a newspaper)
= bad-tempered

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