Telling a Research Story Writing a Literature Review

ISBN-10: 0472033360

ISBN-13: 9780472033362

Edition: 2009

Authors: Christine B. Feak, John M. Swales

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Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Reviewis concerned with the writing of a literature review and is not designed to address any of the preliminary processes leading up to the actual writing of the literature review. This volume represents a revision and expansion of the material on writing abstracts that appeared inEnglish in Today's Research World. This volume progresses from general to specific issues in the writing of literature reviews. It opens with some orientations that raise awareness of the issues that surround the telling of a research story. Issues of structure and matters of language, style, and rhetoric are then discussed. Sections on metadiscourse, citation, and paraphrasing and summarizing are included.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 3/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

General Introduction to the Volumes
Introduction to the Literature Review Volume
Why Review the Literature?
Types and Characteristics of Literature Reviews
Check Your Literature Review Knowledge
Scholars before Researchers
Typical Advisor Critiques of Literature Reviews
How Can Order Be Imposed on the Literature?
Choosing Areas to Include in the Review
Getting Started on the Literature Review
Describing the Selection Criteria for Literature in the Review
Citation Patterns
Integral and Non-Integral Citations
Citation Verb Tense and Aspect
Reporting Verbs
Ambiguity in Citations
Drafting, Redrafting, and Redrafting Again
Taking a Stance toward the Literature
Constructing an Original Discussion of Previous Work: Using Your Own Words
Some Strategies for Paraphrasing
Careful Use of Synonyms
Criteria for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Some Final Thoughts to Consider
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