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Writing Reports & Literature Reviews

Studying and working in the area of Geography and Planning means you will probably be asked to write a report, or a literature review, or both. 

Generally speaking, a report presents factual information, recommendations or conclusions, and uses structured headings so the reader can find information quickly without having to read the whole report. Reports are often written for time-poor audiences and use clear, precise language. Click on the link below to see a example of a report in StudyWISE;

A literature review may be a summary, an interpretation or an evaluation of sources you have used in your research, and may include research findings in a particular area of study. It may be a single piece of writing, or part of a larger case study or research project. Click on the link below to see a example of a literature review in StudyWISE;


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