Searching and Selecting Material
A focused research question assists in the process of searching and selecting for relevant literature. Determining what literature is relevant requires a good level of judgement.
What to include and what to exclude when searching requires careful judgement based on evaluating the relevance of headings and abstracts. In this sense, being “critical” involves making careful judgements throughout the whole process of reading, thinking and writing.
“Telling the story” of your field is a process that involves selection and ordering of the material you include and how it is positioned.
The diagram in the activity on the right-hand side of the screen may help you understand the decision-making process on the material you search for, and selecting the most vital studies.
To assist in structuring your literature review, see Section 9: Organising Your Literature Review.
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