Supporting literature reviews


It is important to encourage supervisors to develop strategies for helping students with literature reviews for many reasons:

  • Early in their candidacy many students hold rather simplistic conceptions of what a literature review is, how to conduct one and how to write it.
  • Students also often report that their supervisors did not give them as much help with this aspect of their work as they felt they needed.
  • Examiners single out the literature review as a major influence on their first impressions of the thesis.
    (See the Examining theses workshop for more information about examiners’ expectations and approaches)

This literature review tool includes a number of resources you can use as prompts for discussion in your meetings with students.
(You need Acrobat Reader to open this pdf file. You can download it free from Adobe.)



This tool is based on research and scholarship by:
Dr Christine Bruce
Associate Professor and Director, Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Information Technology,
Queensland University of Technology.
Peggy Nightingale assisted in converting the materials into an online resource.

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