Writing the literature review never been easy!!!
Today and the day before I spent time working on reading the book in week 5 about writing literature review. This book gave a good hint of how to find the related articles, citing hint and gave the understanding about plagiarism. when I arrived at page 144 which is about the reading theoretical literature, I have a question in mind ” what is my related theory?” Also when I wrote a literature review and method, the model paper said a little bit about theory but I was not sure which theory my paper rely on. We can talk about this at our meeting.
The citation is the interesting part. How can we cite correctly? I have a lot of questions about citation. For example, if I cite the same source in the same paragraph for two ideas, but the connection between two ideas was created by myself, should I cite both ideas twice with the same citation? The author mentioned “Don’t cite the citation”, does this mean I need to cite only the original version? What if the original version also cited from another source? What if the original version was published more than 10 years?
Plagiarism is the most challenging part. What counts as plagiarism is still confusing. I could talk about this at our meeting. I felt like my writing especially in the method part has a lot of plagiarism because I use the same method as my model paper and I just follow its method. Sometimes just copy and paste.
The task for this week was hard, challenge and time-consuming. Since the related journal articles were not easy to find. Also reading each article took a long time, even just skimming. Ultimately, coming up with the review along the argument was very challenging.
Another point that I confused is that most journals do not have the literature review part. They combine literature review with the introduction or background. I also look at the journal that I want to submit, the structure of the paper has no literature review section. It combines with the introduction part.
Sometimes when I feel discouraged, or struggle with my work I always believe that If I do something that I never done, I will get something that I never had.