How do I write a literature thesis as a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis?

A literary work is a scientific work in which certain information and data from already existing reliable scientific sources are collected independently in order to answer a certain question. The sources include in particular studies from scientific journals as well as available statistics of all kinds from official sources. The main methods are logical reasoning, analogies, comparisons, critical observations.

What are the advantages of literature work?

The advantages are:

  • no dependence on others,
  • There are enough sources and above all digital ones,
  • close orientation to literature possible,
  • easy to plan,
  • fast writing is possible,
  • relatively little effort,
  • no waiting times,
  • fewer risks and fewer surprises.

What are the disadvantages of a literary work?

The disadvantages are:

What does a topic for a literary work look like?

As is the case with other types of work. The difference lies in the data sources and methods.

What does an outline look like in literature work? What chapters does it have?

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What is the personal contribution to a literary work if I do not collect any data?

You have several options for your own contribution. You can

  • give an overview of the current state of research, i.e. create a puzzle
  • Identify research gaps and needs,
  • Compare models and theories,
  • to “think ahead” with a model approach,
  • Visualize the results of studies.

Details on the respective procedures can be found in the Thesis Guide.

What are the biggest challenges and what do I have to do to get a great grade in a literary work?

Challenge1: You must gain new insights, only with sources, without collecting data!

Perhaps you think: everything is already so beautifully detailed in the sources… How should I then find something NEW, deliver an own contribution? That is not possible at all…
Yes, that works. But you need a plan for it. This is your exposé. In it you describe the initial situation, the key question or research question, the detailed questions, the goal and thus the findings of your work. Then you will already see YOUR contribution at the beginning. For the exposé you will find exact templates, examples and even formulations in our Thesis Guide.

Challenge 2: You have to use text analysis methods!

You only have texts. No experts, no people you can question. Time is short. Many texts seem good. But again and again you find better texts… And keep all these contents while reading? Not easy!
You need the right methods for evaluating texts. With the leading question at the beginning of the work you already have the beginning for the red thread for the evaluation of the texts…

Challenge 3: You have to be on your guard against plagiarism!

In literature work, the danger of copying and thus the risk of plagiarism is very high. You have to pay attention to this when writing from the very beginning. You have to do a plagiarism analysis at the end of your thesis with a software recognized by universities. With our Thesis Guide you get this analysis FREE of charge. With the examined work you get an exact instruction with examples how you can correct dubious passages.

What is the best way to start my literary work?

Start with the research question and the topic and the appropriate sources! What kind of answers do you want to get for which questions? Then follow this standardized procedure in the Aristolo Thesis Guide:

  • Write an exposé,
  • specifically filter books and fill theory chapters,
  • Raise state of research and write chapters,
  • Superior analysis methods (research methods) and describe them,
  • Obtain and evaluate information, data and arguments from sources,
  • gain new insights by means of analyses
  • Draw conclusions, write chapters on results and finish work.

How can the Aristolo Thesis Guide help with literature work?

In the Thesis Guide you will find detailed descriptions of the contents of all chapters with micro questions, sample formulations and tools of all kinds and much more. Test the Thesis Guide for your literature work.

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