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Carmen Keates - Tips for Writing a Literature Review

Writing Reports with Recommendations by Dr Carmen Keates

Approaching a Literature Review: Explain Your Reading in Relation to Your Research Project

Systematic Quantitative Literature Review

A smart and effective method for undertaking literature reviews particularly for research students and others new to a discipline.

"Narrative methods that are commonly used in many research theses, rely on the expertise and experience of the author, making them challenging for novices. In contrast, the method we use and recommend involves systematically searching the literature using online database and other sources to find all relevant papers that fit specific criteria (systematically identifying the literature), entering information about each study into a personal database, then compiling tables that summarise the current status of the literature (quantifying the literature). The results are reliable, quantifiable and reproducible.

Using this method, it’s also possible to determine if there are suitable datasets for meta-analysis. By mapping the literature we can not only identify what is known, but also, but where there are gaps: a critical issue in advancing research and designing PhD research programs." 


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You’re invited to Theorise This!

The Centre for Decent Work & Industry presents the inaugural Theorise This! A bimonthly theory reader for scholars and students of Critical Social Theory. Join us on Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 1.00pm (Brisbane time) for an end of year Zoom meet up to launch Theorise This! and connect with fellow critical theorists.

Readings for 15 December 2020

  • Deleuze, Gilles.; Guattari, Felix. (1987). A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Chapter 8: 1874: THREE NOVELLAS, OR "WHAT HAPPENED?" 
  • Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet. (2007). Dialogues II. Chapter 2: On the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature 
  • Gordon, R., Harada, T., & Waitt, G. (2020). Molar and molecular entanglements: Parenting, care and making home in the context of energy capitalism. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 
  • Cameron Parsell, Andrew Clarke, Ella Kuskoff. (2020) Understanding responses to homelessness during COVID-19: an examination of AustraliaHousing Studies 0:0, pages 1-14.

What is Theorise This!

1. Do you struggle with using and building theory?
2. Do you want to learn how to make stronger theoretical contributions to your field?
3. Are you eager to expand the scope and diversity of critical theory to apply to your work?
4. Are you intellectually lonely and have a desire for alternative theoretical perspectives?
5. Or, are you just thirsty for theory?
Then Theorise This! wants to meet you!

Why do we need Theorise This!
Theory is a crucial part of the work we do as scholars. Theory helps us critique, predict, interpret, understand, evaluate, and create understandings about our social world. Theory building is also a key consideration for winning academic research grants, and especially for publishing well.


Online information research training for your students

  • identify different assessment types and their specific requirements around information sources and referencing
  • identify different types of publications and their appropriate uses
  • select appropriate search tools for finding specific sources of information
  • apply the steps in the Information Searching Lifecycle to assessment tasks and searching
  • create advanced search statements using search techniques
  • locate items using the QUT Library search tools
  • evaluate information sources for quality using specific criteria
  • create reference lists to the specifications of different referencing styles
  • apply the principles of Academic Integrity to assessment.

Reading Strategies for Research Students


There is Blackboard Community site on Plagiarism and  thesis dissertations. Link to iThenticate:
User name = your QUT student email address (for HDR students) or your QUT staff email address (for staff)
All higher degree research candidates will be confirmed as having access to iThenticate within a six to eight weeks of commencing their course at QUT. You will be sent a welcome email to your QUT student email address (from iThenticate) with details of your user name and temporary password.
All QUT supervisors registered as being accredited to supervise HDR candidates will have access to iThenticate. New staff will be granted access to the software after confirmation of their accreditation level. A welcome email will be sent to your QUT email address (from iThenticate) confirming your access and providing you with your user name and temporary password. Refer to your Faculty Administration Research Officers for further queries.
Click on the green "Forgot password" link if you forget or cannot access your password. 
Never click on "Don't have an account? Sign up" as it invalidates your original login by creating another account and you will be asked to pay for additional iThenticate access. If you have clicked on the "Don't have an Account?" please contact your FRAO (noting reactivation of your account can take up to 10 working days).
Note that you should not contact iThenticate directly as your logon is under the QUT corporate account and consequently iThenticate cannot assist you. Your  contact person for all iThenticate: Rebecca Lacey <>  
Service notices
iThenticate are unable to provide QUT staff and HDR students with frequent updates on outages. Instead they have created a twitter account and a system status page to provide up to date notifications about service related issues:
System status page:          Twitter feed:

HDR Student Publication Prize 2021

This year, SAGE is offering eleven cash prizes for the top research outputs produced and published by a Higher Degree Research (HDR) student (conditions apply). There will be five prizes of $400 awarded: one each to the top published paper in each of the five Faculties and $400 will be awarded for the top published paper by an Indigenous HDR student.  There are also five prizes of $100 for commended papers, one in each of the Faculties. The competition is now open until 31st October 2021!