You may not know but we have access to the Times Higher, the much-sought after news source of all things university-related, plus their awards are the most sought-after in the sector.
We have access to this newspaper via Lexis Library (library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find > L > Lexis Library > Sources > UK newspapers > select Times Higher Education).
You may have read in the press today about Peking University’s acquisition of the splendid 19th century manor house to the eighth earl of Berkeley. Incidentally, the elite Beijing institution was once the career path of Mao Zedong who once worked there as a librarian, in 1918. Other famous librarians include Golda Meir and J.Edgar Hoover. And they say it’s a quiet profession!
In this blog post I want to outline the process of conducting a literature review on a chosen topic, such as ‘buyer behaviour and ethical purchase intentions’. My main advice whilst carrying out this type of research is to be open-minded and explore ideas as though it’s the first time you have come across this topic.
Literature searching and the art of reviewing literature
Search for relevant material on your chosen topic.
Search for ‘BA marketing’ for instance as this will bring up undergraduate dissertations. (282 titles matched)
Search Find it at Lincoln on the Library webpage (on Find it at Lincoln you can ‘add to folder’ which makes it easier to collate your research, and send it via email then save on your student drive, memory stick, et al).
For a more detailed overview of a literature review I found it a pleasure to read the University of Leicester’s Student Learning Development webpage on Doing a Literature Review. http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/literature-review which contains invaluable advice on structure, editing, remaining focused, amongst other gems. Reviewing literature can be overwhelming and it is a skill in knowing where the boundaries lay (i.e. what to leave in, what to leave out) and is a cause of many a student headache so it’s worth to remember the valuable advice from Rudestam and Newton (1992:49) when they said to ‘build an argument, not a library’.
Cottell, S. (2008). Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rudestam K. & Newton R. (1992). Surviving your dissertation. London:Sage.
Lexis Library is a fantastic database which covers UK national and regional newspapers and is available via Library.lincoln.ac.uk > resources > databases > L > Lexis Library. The Library Service at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has kindly uploaded a short YouTube video on how to find newspapers and narrow the results to tailor to your research needs. I would recommend Lexis Library to all students wishing to contextualise their research and ‘hook’ the reader into their assignment. Using newspapers makes the assignment current, interesting and shows a knowledge of wider issues.
PS. There is an option to watch the video full screen at the bottom right-hand corner below.
Based on a postgraduate workshop that took place last week, this worksheet about finding UK and international newspapers focuses mainly on the databases Lexis Library and Factiva, but also includes a few others for historical research.