Situating Research Questions: The Literature Review

Writing Research Proposals in Applied Linguistics - A. Mehdi Riazi

Jean Brick [+-]
Macquarie University
Jean Brick has taught Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University for 18 years. Her areas of interest include academic communication, intercultural communication and the language of science. Her research interests focus on academic communication, most recently on the use of metaphor in academic discourse. She has undertaken consultancies on academic literacy and second language teaching and learning funded by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and AusAid in Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Kiribati, China and Indonesia. Her publications include Brick, J., Herke, M. & Wong D., Academic Culture: A student’s guide to studying at university (3rd ed), Macmillan, Melbourne (2016) and Brick, J., China, A handbook in inter-cultural communication (2nd ed) NCELTR, Sydney (2004)


• What are the roles and purposes of the Literature Review? • What are the sources for a Literature Review? • What are the questions to ask about the literature for a Literature Review? • Why a Literature Review isn’t a summary of everything that has been written about a theme and a topic – the central importance of selectivity, relevance, and structuring • Discovering different approaches to constructing a Literature Review • Evaluative criteria for preparing your Literature Review • Mastering the discourse and language of the/a Literature Review Reflective Tasks

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Brick, Jean. Situating Research Questions: The Literature Review. Writing Research Proposals in Applied Linguistics. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2023. ISBN 9781781796320. Date accessed: 27 Nov 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33181. Nov 2023

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