How to work with academic literature and write your PhD literature review

 a 2-part course by James Hayton

are you...

  • Overwhelmed by the sheer number of papers?
  • Unsure where to start?
  • Worried about the gaps in your knowledge?
  • Afraid of missing something important?
  • Struggling to turn your notes into words on the page?

If you answered YES to any of the above...

You are not alone!

Working with academic literature and lit reviews is one of the most common sources of stress among PhD students, but there are solutions...

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Get to know large areas of the literature quickly
  • Filter and organise your sources easily
  • Create a clear narrative following some simple principles of structure
  • Read and write with confidence
  • Write an outstanding literature review


  • Why is literature so difficult and where do students go wrong?
  • How to build your knowledge of the field
  • How to filter the literature
  • How to build your bibliography
  • How to take better notes


  • The most common mistakes (and how not to make them)
  • How to plan your content
  • How to create a clear narrative structure
  • How and why you should vary the detail
  • How to give every paper a clear context

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How to write your PhD literature review (2-part course)

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Current version recorded live; December 2017