Literature Review

A literature review is bigger, and harder than probably anything you have written.

You need to start early, and work consistently: It's quite a task to get up to expert speed in a topic over one semester.

You have only 3500 words. This makes it harder, so you need to draft and redraft to get a focussed critique.

This is an excellent guide to writing anything scientific, written by Professionals with hundreds of great publications to their name. [1]

This is great guide to the kind of commitment and work that makes things happen, again by successful scientists who know what they are talking about (yes, that's an argument from authority… it's still a good guide?) [2]

*We used to have this as a 1-year project, but like Billy Joel says "they cut it down to 3:05"… That's what happens when we forget why we are doing things).

We will likely meet first in week 3, then by arrangement.

The submission deadline is week 2 of semester 2: You need a first draft by week 10 for feedback early in semester 2

1. Powell, K. (2010). Publish like a pro. Nature, 467. 873-875. doi]. PMID.
2. Chenevix-Trench, G. (2009). Guide for PhD students (and post-docs) aiming for a successful career in science roughly in order of importance, and with apologies to those who have worked these things out for themselves! link.