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Master of Design: Literature Reviews

Writing a Literature Review

Writing a literature review is about developing an understanding of the contextual ecology of your research problem, or question.

The process of writing a literature review can be broken down into several major activities:

  • Select your topic and develop search terms
  • Research - use the library's Quick Search or use specific databases if you want a smaller, more focused results list. Scan the literature, start to narrow your area of interest down.
  • Read, Describe, Analyse and Critique
    • Compare and contrast
    • Discover relationships between sources
    • Identify major themes and concepts
    • Identify gaps and disagreements
  • Organize and manage your sources (this is where Zotero enters the process)
  • Write, revise and create final bibliography       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC