A literature review examines and comments on the information available about a topic. It provides background to your work, showing how it relates to existing knowledge of the field, and demonstrating your command of the subject.
In general, literature reviews are arranged by theme or issue, rather than addressing each piece of information individually.
The Finding Information page on Skills for Learning contains guidance on finding information for literature reviews, as well as tips for finding sources for any of your projects.
You can search the University repository for past Leeds Beckett research.
The Library also has some hard copies of old dissertations and theses. You can consult these to see how previous students conducted and presented their work.
Search on Discover for dissertations and theses held in the Library:
As well as our Engineering resources, the Library also stocks books on dissertation writing and research skills. You can search Discover for our full stock, but these books may help you to get started:
Ensuring that your research is ethical is an important aspect of the planning and methodology of a project.
Ethical research expands our knowledge of a field without causing harm, but it can be challenging to understand and apply this principle in practice. Common challenges include the unbiased selection of participants, obtaining their informed consent, and keeping confidential data secure. Other factors to consider might include the health and safety of participants, and potential financial, social, physical, and psychological risks.
There are number of sources of help:
If you need further advice, you should speak to your module tutor or supervisor before continuing your research.