Dr. Daveena Tauber
Writing Consultant and Professor
About the Instructor
Hello and welcome! Writing is central to how students and scholars communicate. I delight in helping academics at all stages express their research in writing that is appropriate for their fields and audiences.
I earned my Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and work with scholarly writers around the world. My work includes writing, consulting, giving workshops, and creating innovative digital curricula like this one.
The Geography and Systems Science programs at Portland State University have partnered with ScholarStudio to make Writing Remarkable Literature Reviews available to our students and faculty.
The literature review is often regarded as one of the most challenging parts of the thesis or dissertation. This course gives detailed instruction on how to read, organize, and write about the literature in your field, giving you the tools you need to create a literature review that synthesizes, not just summarizes, the literature.
If you are waiting to start writing your lit review until you have "all the sources," stop waiting and take this course. You will walk through steps that add value to your reading process as you read, making your literature review process much more efficient and effective.
We hope you find this a valuable and helpful resource.
This course presumes that you know how to search academic databases in order to find relevant literature. We strongly recommend taking workshops on searching and storing academic sources through the PSU Library (library.pdx.edu).
- WORKBOOK for Writing Remarkable Literature Reviews (download me!)
- Unit 1: Introduction to the Literature Review
- Unit 2: Types of Literature Reviews
- Unit 3: A Process for Writing the Literature Review
- Unit 4: Reading and Processing the Literature
- Unit 5: Summary and Synthesis
- Unit 6: Evaluating the Literature
- Unit 7: Articulating the Gap in the Literature and the Rationale for Your Project
- Unit 8: Introductions and Conclusions for the Literature Review
- Unit 9: Narrative Choices