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Turn Your Literature Review Into An Argument

Turn Your Literature Review Into An Argument
Little Quick Fix

October 2019 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Frequently students confuse literature reviews with summaries of existing research, and they can easily get overwhelmed by the amount of material they have to consider and filter as part of their review. Likewise, they don’t often realize that a considered, planned, structured and balanced argument forms the bedrock of a successful research project. Outlining what a literature review is - and isn’t - and showcasing how to use the literature to your advantage to construct a strong academic argument, this Little Quick Fix answers important questions like

- What is the purpose of a literature review?

- How can I tell the difference between an argument and an academic argument?

- What do I need to create my argument?

- What do I need from an article to support my argument?

- How do I create a counterargument?

- How can I make sure I’m creating a strong argument and plausible counterargument?

- How can I win my argument?

Students need help over hurdles at every stage of their research project. They want simple, powerful, accessible tools that deliver results fast. They need to meet interim assessment deadlines and prove that they have successfully passed through multiple stages of their project, or need to master a stage of understanding in a learning cascade before they can proceed to the next week in their methods module. 

Their supervisors are increasingly unable to help, but will still be assessing results. Students need more than YouTube.

Titles in the Little Quick Fix series offer:

·       Visual, design-led learning

·       Clear, structured, useful pedagogy

·       A hand-holding,  step-by-step approach for students who are less able, or less academically prepared by school so far

·       Effective self-directed learning with DIY progress tracking

·       A stand-in for the busy/unavailable supervisor

What is the purpose of literature review?
How can I tell the difference between an argument and an academic argument?
How do I begin to create to create my argument?
How do I progress my argument?
How do I convey my argument?
Why do I need a counter-argument?
How can I make sure I’m creating strong arguments?
How can I win my argument?

Very clever way of explaining the importance of theoretical background. Something that I really needed in my courses.

Professor Marianna d'Ovidio
Department of Sociology & Social Rsrch, University of Milan - Bicocca
December 4, 2020

Will be very helpful for my students undertaking their research projects

Mrs Emma Harvey
Education, Suffolk New College
January 13, 2021

difficult to access the electronic version

Mrs Jackie Ford
Care & Health Directorate, North Warwickshire And Hinckley College
March 4, 2021

This is an excellent resource for BA Dissertation students who sometimes struggle with the aims and purpose of the literature review.
The easy, relaxed but creative format will, I feel, capture student attention and help develop their understanding of this key concept.

Ms sue mills
Lifelong Learning, Leeds University
February 19, 2020

This book is great for students to begin to develop their literature reviews. It offers an 'easy to read ' guide on a topic that many students struggle with.

Mrs Laura James
Faculty of Education & Communities (Carmarthen), University of Wales, Trinity St David
January 21, 2020

This really is a quick guide with some key ideas on developing a literature review to an argument. It is better suited to a narrative and possibly a scoping review but not necessarily to a systematic literature review. I can see undergraduate using this as initial guide to draft their literature reviews, therefore it is worth adopting for L6.

Mrs Eleonora Teszenyi
Faculty of Education, The Open University
January 7, 2021

Quick, clear ,succinct,helpful advice for students undertaking a literature review.

Marie Price
Childhood, Social Work & Social Care, Chichester University
February 10, 2020

Accessible and focused

Ms Paula Hearsum
School of Arts and Media, Brighton University
July 17, 2020

this is a neat little book in many ways (I guess this mirrors the others in the series) and it did take me just an hour to read through
I think it will help our students with the issue of criticality in building their arguments and I shall use it to inform my teaching and can signpost toward the book appropriately
If I have a quibble (and it's not about content) it's about presentation - I saw some grammatical and typo type problems but that's a fairly minor thing really.

Dr Richard Parker
Education,Communication & Language Sciences, Newcastle University
October 25, 2019

An easy to pick up book for those new to literature reviewing.
Intend to use in Professional Studies Group for Secondary PGCE trainees completing their professional development research projects.

Mrs Nicola Sowe
NBS Consultancy and Training, NBS Consultancy and Training (Teaching and Learning)
January 9, 2021

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