It demonstrates that you know your field, who the key research players are in it, what has been said in the past and what is being said at the moment.
A good way of presenting a literature review coherently is in the form of a narrative, which can either be chronological or thematic.
Example There has been a Panda Tip: Length varies, but probably similar length to literature review.
Often, the less ‘filler’ in an academic proposal, the better, as this means it is clear to your readers that your work is content-oriented.
Often, the title of a subsection will be enough to introduce it. Panda Tip: From here onwards, this sample is split into 13 sections according to the sections that should be included in an academic research proposal.
This is the section that requires the most preliminary research: make sure you spend some time in an academic library and using search engines for relevant academic papers before presenting this.
You do not need to discuss every work in your area, but you need to present a competent outline, and, especially if this is a proposal for doctoral research, you need to be sure that no-one else has already done the same project.Your academic institution may have a preferred format for the title, or even a title page. If there is no preferred format, keep it simple and clear, and use a ‘serif’ font that is easily legible. This summarises the central theme of your research.For this, try to use concise and clipped language, which is academic without being over-wordy and verbose.Please also note, the abstract, contents page, introduction and references should always appear on new pages on a printed document. Panda Tip: This should be clear and concise, while leaving the reader in no doubt as to your field of study.A good title structure can often be “Short Title: Longer Explanation of Your Field”.This is where you sell your research proposal to the reader.You need to explain, clearly and simply, how your research will complement the field you have just described in your literature review: what you will add, how it fills an existing gap, why the academic world would benefit from your research, etc.subsections of the literature review could be numbered 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, etc. Unlike the abstract, this is not a summary of everything you are about to say: you can afford to grab your readers’ attention.Make a surprise beginning, perhaps a quote from someone who inspires you on this topic, and show your knowledge of the research area (include if you like your previous research experience in this field: you can afford to be personal in this section) and why it is relevant to today’s world.50-1000 words depending on the nature of your research. Which ones hold the books and documents you will need? Panda Tip: Probably less than 200 words, unless you have a very detailed plan already in mind. It is surprisingly important, as it shows that you can recognise the limited scale of your work.This is where you explain how and where you plan to carry out your research. Note: this is like a preliminary contents page, but it does not need to be very specific, and can suggest sections rather than chapters at this stage, but the academics reading your proposal will be impressed to know that you have some idea how you may wish to present your work, and that you have some way in mind of translating your research to paper. Every project needs distinct limiting factors in order to be manageable. This section is optional, but may be helpful to show your potential supervisors that you are being realistic and recognise that your project has limits.