Monday, 16 February 2015

Discourse of Literature Reviews and Critical Evaluation

A Traditional Card Catalogue


Critical evaluations and literature reviews employ an academic discourse. I've started to compose a list of the most frequently used words and phrases :

Accentuated differences
Acclaimed authors
According to
Account
Acknowledge the issue
Addresses
Addresses the contradictions
Adequate
Adopts
Advances the idea
Almost all
Analyses
Arbitrary categories
Argues
Argument
Assesses
Attempts to challenge
Bogged down
Bold
Breaks new ground
Brief discussion
Brings together
By ignoring this
Care with which
Centres on
Certain types of
Challenges
Charts
Cited
Combines analyses of
Comments on
Compelling argument
Comprehensive
Conceptual framework
Concise
Confesses
Confides
Connects
Considered
Contains
Contradictions
Contributors


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Conveys the sense
Convincing
Covers a range of topics
Critics
Debates about
Dense literature
Describes the trends
Detailed
Disadvantages
Disciplines
Discusses
Discrepancy
Discuss
Dispute
Disputing
Drawbacks
Embrace
Emphasis on the
Engagement with
Enjoying a renaissance
Even handed
Evokes
Exaggerated
Examines
Excellent
Explains
Exploring
Exposes
Fascinating
Features
Focus
Frequently
From that perspective
Fulcrum topics
Fully revised
Generally
Grateful
Ground-breaking
Guides
Imaginative
Impressive
In this field
Inadequate
Inaugurated the field
Incisive
Includes
Influence
Innovative
Interdisciplinary team
Interrogates
Interesting
Interface of ... and
It is believed that
It is thought that
It is a widely held view that
It has been reported that
It has commonly been assumed that
Joined by several new scholars
Judicious use of
Last word on this ... must go to
Limitations
Long quotations
Lucid
Make sense of the contradictions
Many scholars hold the view that …
Many types of
Minor errors
Most
Muddles
Multifaceted
Nearly always
New ground
Offers
Offers guidance
Often
Old ground
Opines that
Original Frequently
Occasionally
Overlooks
Overview
Paradoxically

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Partially answered
Perspective
Persuasive
Pertinent voice
Precision
Presents
Project is driven by
Prose
Provides an overview
Purpose
Questions
Quality of
Range of alternatives
Readers lose patience
Recent research has suggested that
Recognisable concerns
Reflecting on
Relationship between
Relevant
Relies heavily on
Revealing
Riddled with misprints
Rigid
Rooted in her knowledge of
Sadly
Scholars
Serve as a warning
Several Scholars
Short quotations
Shows how / that
Significant
Some types of
Sometimes
Speaks to
Style
Subject
Subtext
Supple
Tellingly
The majority of
There is some evidence to indicate that
This book
This comment
This concern with
This contribution to the debate
This exploration of
This issue
This study
This volume
Thorough
Through a series of case studies
Traces
Timely
To be commended
Trifling particulars
Undoubtedly the standard work on this
Uniquely
Updated edition
Use of long quotation
Useful
Uses
Valuable insights
Various disciplines
Vast range of topics
Vital to consider
Weaknesses
Wide-range of
Wide-ranging