Guidesheet for the Dissertation Lit Review

Throughout your coursework you have written a number of literature reviews. Some with as many as 15-20 sources; with each assignment preparing you for this…

The Dissertation Literature Review


While there are many resources available to help you wade through the biggest, most comprehensive, most stressful (oops, sorry), most wonderful analytic writing assignment of your career thus far; I suggest Dr. Paula Dawidowicz’s book, “Literature Reviews Made Easy: A Quick Guide to Success.” Based on this book, I developed a guide for you to use as you plan out your weekly/daily tasks to keep moving forward. Below is a link to the pdf.

Literature Review ToDo List: Dr. Darci’s Guidesheet

Literature Review To Do List

Note: The green rows within the guidesheet are places in the process that will take the most time. Take that into account when setting your deadlines.

Don’t Waste Valuable Time Researching what you Don’t Need

As one of Dr. D’s Mentees, I will have you write your Quarter Goals and Tasks according to this chart. I am of the opinion that structure is good, particularly when you find yourself under a pile of research papers (even if they’re digital pdf’s) and can’t see the light of day. Having brainstormed, conducted an abstract review, developed an outline, and organized your reading into matrixes (fancy word for tables) all before you begin writing is critical to keeping focused and not wasting time. Do I have your attention now?

Give it a go, and see if this decreases your anxiety!

Your humble dissertation mentor ~Dr. Darci

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2 thoughts on “Guidesheet for the Dissertation Lit Review

  1. aliceineduland says:

    Yes, you have my attention :).
    Great post. Thanks for the worksheet, and I also endorse Dr. Paula Dawidowicz’s book. I have read it once through and now I will go back and use your worksheet with it.

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