Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review

Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review

by Christine Feak, John M. Swales

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Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review is 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 literature reviews that appeared in English 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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472033362
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 03/26/2009
Series: Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes , #2
Edition description: revised/expanded English in Today's Research World
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 399,878
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction to the Volumes ix

Introduction to the Literature Review Volume xiii

Orientations 1

Why Review the Literature? 1

Types and Characteristics of Literature Reviews 2

Check Your Literature Review Knowledge 5

Scholars before Researchers 8

Typical Advisor Critiques of Literature Reviews 9

How Can Order Be Imposed on the Literature? 12

Choosing Areas to Include in the Review 21

Getting Started on the Literature Review 23

Describing the Selection Criteria for Literature in the Review 25

Metadiscourse 38

Citation Patterns 43

Integral and Non-Integral Citations 45

Citation Verb Tense and Aspect 47

Reporting Verbs 54

Ambiguity in Citations 56

Drafting, Redrafting, and Redrafting Again 60

Taking a Stance toward the Literature 71

Constructing an Original Discussion of Previous Work: Using Your Own Words 77

Some Strategies for Paraphrasing 82

Careful Use of Synonyms 85

Summarizing 86

Criteria for Evaluating Literature Reviews 93

Some Final Thoughts to Consider 95

References 97

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