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Getting Started in Research for a Thesis: Evaluate

This guide will help law PhD and MPhil students to begin their legal research using the University Library's resources

Checklist for evaluation

While reading materials for the literature review, record details of each paper systematically. It will make the writing of literature review easier.

  • What was the purpose of the study and how does it differ from other studies and my own research?
  • How was the research conducted?
  • What were the findings and how do they differ from other studies?
  • What were the limitations and weaknesses of the study?
  • Any recommendations for further research?


Create something similar to the below table and add columns to make it relevant to your research project. 

Jill Collis and Roger Hussey, Business Research: A Practical Guide for Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students (Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd ed, 2009) 100.

Evaluate your Search Results

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Learn more about evaluating credibility by exploring the "Evaluating Sources" guide by James Cook University Library