Lit review - A peer-reviewed electronic journal.

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A peer-reviewed electronic journal. Copyright is retained by the first or sole author, who grants right of first publication to the  Practical Assessment, Research Permission is granted to distribute this article for nonprofit, educational purposes if it is copied in its entirety and the journal is credited. Volume 14, Number 13, June 2009 ISSN 1531-7714 A   Guide   to   Writing   the   Dissertation   Literature   Review Justus J. Randolph Walden University Writing a faulty literature review is one of many ways to derail a dissertation. This article summarizes  some pivotal information on how to write a high-quality dissertation literature review. It begins with a  discussion of the purposes of a review, presents taxonomy of literature reviews, and then discusses the  steps  in  conducting  a  quantitative  or  qualitative  literature  review.  The  article  concludes  with  a  discussion of common mistakes and a framework for the self-evaluation of a literature review. Writing a faulty literature review is one of many ways to derail a dissertation.  If the literature review is flawed, the remainder  of  the  dissertation  may  also  be  viewed  as  flawed, because “a researcher cannot perform significant  research without first understanding the literature in the  thesis examiners  know  this.  In  a  study  of  the  practices  of Australian  dissertation  examiners,  Mullins  and  Kiley (2002) found that, Examiners typically started reviewing dissertation  with  the  expectation  that  it  would  pass;  but  a  poorly  conceptualized  or  written  literature  review  often  indicated  for  them  that  the   rest   of   the   dissertation   might   have  problems.   On   encountering   an   inadequate  literature  review,  examiners  would  proceed  to  look  at  the  methods  of  data  collection,  the  analysis,  and  the  conclusions  more  carefully. Given  the  importance  of  literature  reviews  in  both  dissertations    and    journal    articles,    it    may    be  surprising  that  so  many  of  them  are  faulty.  Boote  and  Beile (2005) claim that “the dirty secret known by those  who  sit  on   dissertation    committees    is    that    most  literature    reviews   are  poorly  conceptualized  and  written”  (p.  4).  Further, dissertations   and   theses   are  not   the   only   types   of publications  that  suffer  from  poor    literature    reviews.  Many    literature    reviews    in  manuscripts  submitted  for
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