Enter the Conversation: Find Your Voice in the Scholarly Literature

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Does the literature review section of your project intimidate you?

Is it hard to figure out what to include and why?

Are you unclear about what your readers need to see?

You can get beyond your hesitation to write the review of literature by imagining yourself in an ordinary conversation.

Group ConversationEntering a Conversation

How do you enter a conversation?

  • When you are new to a group of people, does it take a long time to find your voice?
  • When some of them are better known than you are, do your words get stuck in your mouth?
  • When you are interested in the conversation and have something to contribute, is it hard to figure out how to start?
  • Do you sometimes feel you blurt out a thought?

I bet your apprehensions about writing your review of the literature are similar! So use the same strategies! In ordinary conversation, how do you speak up?

Conversation Strategies

Here are some strategies you probably use as you make your way in a conversation:

  • Listen quietly awhile to the tone of the conversation and then say something: “This dog park controversy you are talking about….where I used to live there was one and an issue there was …”
  • Frame your agenda as a question: “Does anyone know a good novel about a dog?”

Read the rest of the article: Enter the Conversation: Find Your Voice in the Scholarly Literature

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