This Assignment Help will help you in finding information for assignment 2 - Literature Review
For this assignment, you are required to research and write a Literature Review in response to one of the Course Topics (e.g. Women and Science Fiction, Disastrous Futures, Science Fiction Television). Your Literature Review must provide an overview and critical evaluation of at least 6-8 scholarly references (academic books, academic book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles).
|Please refer to your Course Outline and LearnOnline site for full assessment information.|
This short (approx 2 mins) video from the Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University provides a quick introduction to literature reviews.
In the literature review you will:
In this way, your literature review becomes a critical discussion of the knowledge or ideas related to your research topic.
Your literature review becomes an essential link in your research project:
An annotated bibliography
The body of your literature review will be organised in a way that best suits your topic
Planning your search will help you find information more efficiently. Start by:
A table or mindmap can be a useful strategy for doing this.
For example, you could create the table below if your topic was
Women and Science Fiction
|Synonyms (similar concepts)||
Tip: As you search, you may come across more concepts or synonyms you can incorporate. Don't be afraid to change or modify your search as you go.
Now you need to connect your search concepts together to form different search strategies. The below table summarises how they work:
|Operator words||What it does||Example|
||Women AND "science fiction"|
"Science fiction" OR
sci-fi OR "space fiction" OR "space opera"
||"Science fiction" NOT aliens|
Remember to use "quotation marks" to keep phrases together.
Try the activity below to check your understanding of using operator words.
Once you've built a search strategy, you can apply it in search tools. Check out the example searches below.
The Library collection can be a useful starting point in locating information.
Put your search in the basic search box and group your alternative keywords inside brackets.
Alternatively, use the advanced search to split your concepts on to different rows.
Use Refine my results on the left hand side to narrow your results. The following are useful refinements to try:
The Library collection does not list everything we have access to. Try a database when you are not finding relevant results in the collection or if you want to restrict your results to a specific discipline, topic area or material type.
Here is an example within ProQuest Central. Proquest Central is a multidisciplinary database covering 160 subject areas including film, media, screen and cultural studies. Ensure you only use references from this database that are from the relevant subject areas as you may find a reference from an unrelated subject area that seems relevant but might not be appropriate to include in your literature review.
Example Advanced Search
Try Google Scholar to find scholarly information. An advantage of Google Scholar is that it provides access to the full text of many UniSA scholarly (academic) articles if you connect via the link above or from the Library home page.
The Advanced search option gives more flexibility when you search. To access it, select the hamburger menu (three lines) in the top left corner of Google Scholar. This menu will appear once you do an initial search in Google Scholar.
Here is an example:
BrowZine™ allows you to easily access and browse journals available online via UniSA. Access via Library homepage > Journals.
For your literature review, it is important that your references are from relevant sources. Within BrowZine, from the left-hand menu you can filter down to Arts and Humanities > Film and Media Studies to browse through Film and Media Studies journals.
|Identifying key scholars on your topic|
Perform a library collection search on your chosen topic
If you find a good reference, take a note of the author and scroll down the page to find the item record details
Select the author link. This will search the library collection for other references by this author. As you continue your search, take note of names which appear alongside that author such as co-authors. You may want to look at other references by these authors, too.
Task: Follow the steps above to find information on the author within this journal article
Use the tips below to flesh out each section of your literature review.
Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)
Need help with the Harvard UniSA referencing style? Check out the Referencing Roadmap for in text-citations and reference examples from different sources such as articles, books, chapters, websites, and more.
Other referencing support tools: