Organize your literature review notes in a matrix

I have wanted to make sure I got this link in my blog for future reference, so I have actually copied the link in my draft and nearly forgot about it. My bad! It's an awesome practical example on how to use the matrix to organize your notes shared by the famous Thesis Whisperer. I'm... Continue Reading →


How literature review matrix works for me

When I decided to make the literature review (LR) or synthesis matrix during the LR process, I didn't expect how this matrix would help me in writing the LR until the day I was working on my paper for submission during the writing workshop. My supervisor thought I needed more references in that paper and... Continue Reading →

LR: Don’t forget your focus

I believe many are simply afraid of the mention of 'literature review'. I used to be one, literally wanted to hide myself under a blanket and hoped the literature review (LR) would either write itself or just go away. In reality, none of these would ever happen, unfortunately. If I don't start reading and trying... Continue Reading →

Literature review process

I spent my last Sunday working on the desk at home, facing my Sony Vaio for more than 8 hours. I was cleaning up my paper clutter when I saw this handouts from one of the workshops I attended earlier this year. It was a Doctoral Research Methodology Workshop conducted by Dr Edward Wong. It... Continue Reading →

Problem Formulation

Let me put down what I'm trying to do based on the steps in doing literature review as mentioned earlier. There are five steps similar to doing primary research and here is the first step that I'm attempting to apply: Problem formulation. In problem formulation, I need to figure out what's the research questions that... Continue Reading →

Pave the way for literature review

I recently found a good article: A guide to writing the dissertation literature review by Justus Randolph. It's a long article but I recommend you to read it if you are trying to write literature review too. I agree with Justus that there are not many good journal article about writing literature review, ┬átherefore I... Continue Reading →

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