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Dissertation / Thesis Research and Writing: 1. Proposal, Lit Search, and Benchmark

Guide to help students in researching and writing their thesis/dissertation

Learn how to prepare good proposals

Literature search - what is it?

A literature search is a "systematic  and thorough search of all types of published literature in order to identify as many items as possible that are relevant to a particular topic." (Gash, S., 2000).

Reasons for searching the literature according to Hart (2001):

1. to identify work already done or in progress that is relevant to your work;

2. to help to prevent you from duplicating what has already been done;

3. to avoid some of the pitfalls and errors of previous research;

4. to help you design the methodology for your project by identifying the key issues and data collection techniques best suited to your topic;

5. to enable you to find gaps in existing research, thereby giving you a unique topic.



Gash, S. (2000). Effective literature searching  for research. (2nd ed.).  Aldershot, Hampshire: Gower

Hart, C. (2001). Doing a literature search:a comprehensive guide for the social sciences. London:Sage

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