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HUMPR047 - Surveying the Literature


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Date: 02 December 2016

Time: 10:00-12:00

Venue: Arts 1.03 (IT Lab)

Session leaders: Grant Young (LIB) and Matthew Sillence (HUM)

At the start of your thesis surveying authors and key works for your topic is crucial. There are lots of terms out there to describe this process, and suggestions of how to approach a survey of the existing literature in your field, but which is the right one for you as a humanities researcher?

This session will outline the key purpose of surveying and critically examining literature for your arts and humanities thesis. This is to explore the field in which you will be working, develop awareness of current work and approaches, position your research in the landscape of academic knowledge and provide a wider context of research for your reader.

A brief literature review is a requirement of the probationary review, so addressing this component of your thesis within your first year of study will ensure that you are able to make the best use of the library resources, both in print and online. This session will include an opportunity to use mind-mapping to help scope your topic, and will consider recent examples of theses appropriate to your School of study.


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