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ONLINE: How to do a Literature Review (Humanities) (REPEAT)


About this workshop

An in-depth workshop on reading and writing literature reviews, this online session aims to cover all the essential fundamentals of what, why, and how of writing a literature review.  The workshop includes engagement with own topic towards developing a structure and outline for the literature review; source synthesis, addressing entry points and gaps, and building arguments. The session will also include critical analysis of literature reviews to better understand what makes a ‘good’ literature review, and how to model this in your own writing.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • "I am currently an Honors student and thus we are new to literature reviews, thus I appreciated this workshop as it helped me understand the literature review more clearly."
  • "I learnt the importance of critically analysing any written text to get the core information you need."


About the presenter

Dr. Hayley Hayes-Roberts,Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED

Hayley Hayes-Roberts is a UCT Postdoctoral Fellow, Design Historian, NIHSS peer mentor and a senior writing centre consultant. Hayley completed her PhD in Design History which focused on Frameworks of Representation at the District Six Museum in Cape Town, and as part of her postdoctoral fellowship has presented and published papers in research fields which include: Museum and Heritage studies and Southern African Design Histories, and has facilitated numerous academic research and writing workshops.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences





While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

Substantial reading in own field is encouraged.  Students to have on hand four or five journal articles from their field/discipline.  A working title and possible research questions of own study will help focus and benefit application.

Level of participation at the workshop

Individual, small and whole group interactive participation is expected in this shared online learning experience.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dr. Hayley Hayes-Roberts,Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 79 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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