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I have a 5,000 word literature review due tonight and I'm barely on 2k words. I am struggling and continue to struggle to write my discussion. I find it difficult to access papers even with my uni logins. This is a first attempt basis repeat, but I cannot fail. I don't know how to progress, if I genuinely don't know what to write. I have been feeling numb for these past few days.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I have a 5,000 word literature review due tonight and I'm barely on 2k words. I am struggling and continue to struggle to write my discussion. I find it difficult to access papers even with my uni logins. This is a first attempt basis repeat, but I cannot fail. I don't know how to progress, if I genuinely don't know what to write. I have been feeling numb for these past few days.
Does your lit review have to be 5000 words? Could be shorter to give yourself more breathing space? If you're struggling, you need to contact your supervisor/personal tutor, and GP to get proper support.

What kind of thing have you written so far? What is your topic?
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Make a skeleton. Expand on that skeleton. Some of my highest grade work has been when I "threw something in". Make sure you read the marking criteria - some marks are just for the title, some are for addressing certain points. If you follow that, space out a skeleton review then it CANT fail. And relax. Take a little walk outside, make your skeleton. Start with a word per bullet point. By the time you've padded that out with your backing up with sources, it'll nearly be on target.
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I am a ChemEng student so I'm not used to doing a literature review. My title is Food industry: good and bad chemicals. But I can change it.

The acceptable lower limit is 4.5k but I think I'm going to try and aim for 3k and format appropriately.

I've written about canning as a food preservation technique and microbial contamination that can occur. I've mentioned a paper regarding food recalls due to microbial contamination.

But it's not enough.
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As I said, make your skeleton. All the points you think you can cover. Then find about 5-7 sources and papers about the points. Have you made a list of some bad and good chemicals? Why are they good or bad? Define good/bad ? is it an ethical issue? Health issue? cost issue? How will brexit effect this? are some banned under current EU legislation? You need to pick a train of thought and just run with it
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I am a ChemEng student so I'm not used to doing a literature review. My title is Food industry: good and bad chemicals. But I can change it.

The acceptable lower limit is 4.5k but I think I'm going to try and aim for 3k and format appropriately.

I've written about canning as a food preservation technique and microbial contamination that can occur. I've mentioned a paper regarding food recalls due to microbial contamination.

But it's not enough.
You need to find relevant papers, and say how they relate to you research question you're asking. What did they find and what does this suggest for the area? Work from generally related papers to more specific ones.
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Canning - you can also mention why it's used compared to other methods. I don't know much about all this, but I can hazard a guess at some areas you can cover. Good canning process and bad canning process. What can go wrong in canning. I dunno Don't cover tooooo many point though, You'll be ok
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health implications of these microbial contamination's......
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Lots and lots of additives in some foods, particularly heavily processed things, those E numbers all link to specific chemical compounds. There should be some interesting things to follow up in that direction, Googling for” E number food safety” gets about 1,440,000,000 hits.
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