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Q's and A's and Organizing Arguments

Q's and A's and Organizing Arguments

Organizing and Arguing a Literature Review

In organizing my literature review, I realize that in order (no pun) to do so, I must have a basis or focal point – a thesis statement -- in which to organize my writing from. My preliminary research question is being worked on at the moment and consists of a few questions: Is there room for creativity in academic writing? Where is creativity’s place in academic writing? Does creativity belong in academic writing? I want to see how creativity is viewed or accepted in academic writing. To simply focus on just one of these questions for a specific research question might be too simple or vague, so I continue to work on expanding --- or strengthening my question. I am learning that a good strong question – as with a thesis statement – will provide a strong working foundation in which to create an argument, but then again, organizing our thoughts on the topic in relation what the authors of our findings have to say is also paramount in writing a good literature review.

While I have been doing researching on the internet and through a couple of library databases with my inquiry for the literature review, I am also researching information on how to best prepare and do a literature review. It’s important to ask questions and many questions, even of the question we have focused on to carry us through our literature review. It’s important to evaluate our questions and decide if they will succeed in retrieving any information on the topic. Is the research question clear and focused? After coming up with a good solid inquiry, then I continue with my research learning of all the various paths my questions may take me. How I intend to organize my review will depend greatly on the sources I find and their specific arguments; conversely, this may also press me to re-evaluate my questions and continue on a slightly different path for my research. I imagine that in such journey – as the literature review will take one on, there is apt to be many questions upon questions, answers and arguments; so, important it is to get on the right track early with organization.

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“Organizing Your Literature Review,” Concordia University, 2018 http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/offices/vprgs/gradproskills/blogs/2018/02/22/organizing-your-literature-review.html

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