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PHIL 235: Early Chinese Philosophy (HC)

Philosophy 235: Early Chinese Philosophy (Wright) Spring 2017

Literature Review

A literature review is a summary or report of the scholarship written in a specific topic. The review should describe, summarize, and evaluate what was previously written by the top scholars in the field. This is the basis upon which you will develop your own ideas. 

There are numerous excellent websites that can help you develop your literature review by providing you with resources (links, citations, etc.). The following two websites are your best bets. 

Oxford Bibliographies online

Literature reviews are a particularly useful kind of article when doing research. They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars. They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles.

The Oxford Bibliographies Online provides literature reviews for a variety of fields including Asian Studies (they specify the following subject areas: Chinese Studies, Buddhism, International Relations, etc. You can take a look at their subjects and complete a few searches to find what you are interested in). The essays take the form of an annotated bibliography.  It gives you the benefit of expert advice when identifying what to read for your research. 

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