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Milestone Moments in Getting your PhD in Qualitative Research by Deirdre Barron, Margaret Zeegers

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Milestone 4

The literature review

Abstract

This chapter is not necessarily the next milestone; it is just one of them. There are many possible strategies that a PhD candidate may use to prepare and write their literature review, but the focus is to present an overview of issues in the field and their interrelationships, identifying main concerns, findings and common themes, and presenting current debate on these issues. A literature review is not a list of your reading over the past few weeks, or months, or years. It shows a very direct relationship with the research project as existing knowledge is identified and shown to be informing this research of yours. You will also identify gaps in the existing literature, gaps which provide you ...

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