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Conceptualising Your Critique of the Literature

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Developed specifically for HDR students, this is the third in a series of four workshops that will help you understand and navigate the review of existing scholarly literature that forms one of the first stages of research. 

Learn to make sense of the research that informs your literature review with this highly practical workshop. You will examine the role, structuring and placement of the literature review in the broader context of your research, and gain a fundamental understanding of the concept matrix to facilitate a systematic approach to organising and conceptualising a literature review. 

Before you attend the workshop, you should read the materials and complete the activities available here: 

These materials will help prepare you for the workshop and ensure that you get the most benefit out of it. You'll have access to the whole "The Literature Review" module, but for this workshop you can focus on section 3, “Conceptualising your critique.” 

1. Watch the MP4 videos before each session. 
2. Write down any questions you have either during, or afterwards. 
3. Complete the exercises in the sequence suggested, and as soon as possible after the watching the resources. 
4. Join the Zoom session! 

The entire Literature Review series includes: 

  • Reading Research Articles: Getting started and what to look for 
  • Mapping and Organising Your Research 
  • Conceptualising Your Critique of the Literature 
  • Arguing your Case: Different types of literature reviews 

About your facilitator: 

Dr Terry Royce is a forensic linguist and discourse analyst focussing on graduate research communication and thesis rhetorical organisation. He is also a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), specialising in research publications and dissertations. 

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