How do we review literature? In my case, students often mixed interpretation reviewing the literature and making review paper. Furthermore, after having a critical appraisal class or discussing background theory chapter in their thesis, they claim that they do already a systematic literature review.
Is that all true?
Well, I will not answer those questions. Rather than, in this series, I will explain to my students in making a literature review. And with the goal that they will be able to publish that in a journal.
I will divide the writing into a series of skills that you have to understand.
- Managing your computer, do you know why? when your computer is not well managed, usually you keep your files un-structured. You put anything anywhere, and usually, the computer also becomes slow. A slow computer will not make you work comfortably. And in the end, you won’t produce a good product. I wrote an article here, explaining a little bit about managing our own computer.
- Managing your information. This is an important skill you have to understand and do. Everything you read and learn should be kept in a manageable system. Otherwise, you will be lost in the jungle of information. You need a personal assistant, and you learn everything you need to know from this link (don’t forget to start from part 1).
- Basic searching using Pubmed
- Generating Idea into a workable research project (a literature review). First reading, reading review paper, and finding the gap in the area.
- Up-scaling your reading capabilities by speeding up your reading skills
- Collecting facts into your own notes by creating technical notes.
- Creating systematically literature review. From your research question, systematically findings the evidence, systematically analyze, and writing your findings.
- Publish your work