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Wider reading

Check the books tab for other options. We can buy books you recommend, obtain additional material as Interlibrary Loans, and get you access to other university libraries.

Literature reviews

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 searching tab contains guidance on finding information for literature reviews.

Past examples

These are good places to access past examples of theses, dissertations and research projects online:

Within Leeds Beckett

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. To search for a dissertation or thesis on the Library catalogue:

  • Type 'dissertations' or 'theses' into the main search box, and select Browse. Then click Search
  • You can then check the resulting list for material related to your area.  

Other help

1) Your Academic Librarian can advise on finding and using information.

2) The Skills for Learning pages offer further guidance on dissertation writing, workload planning and literature reviews. Workshops and drop-ins also operate at certain times of year. 

3) These tools may also help: