We want to help you maintain the vision of the big picture.
It’s easy to lose sight of this when you’re doing your research, following various threads of interest, sometimes getting bogged down in the details.
The term ‘synthesis’ refers to the bringing together of material from different sources, and the creation of an integrated whole.
In this case the ‘whole’ will be your structured review of relevant work, and your coherent argument for the study that you are doing.
They will ask questions such as: These are questions that you will already probably be asking yourself.
You will also need to be ready to answer them in a viva if you will be having one. are particularly relevant to the process of critical review.The ability to review, and to report on relevant literature is a key academic skill.A literature review: To some extent, particularly with postgraduate research, the literature review can become a project in itself.The literature review is not a comprehensive history of your topic, but a way to provide context to your reader about research that has preceded your study.Be aware that the literature review is an iterative process.It is an important showcase of your talents of: understanding, interpretation, analysis, clarity of thought, synthesis, and development of argument.The process of conducting and reporting your literature review can help you clarify your own thoughts about your study.The purpose of a literature review is to give an accurate and complete accounting of the current state of knowledge for whichever research question is being addressed.It is an essential feature of scholarship because without it the reader cannot judge whether the author is well-informed or whether the work that is being presented is novel and original.Take some time to look over the resources in order to become familiar with them.The tabs on the left side of this page have additional information.