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An Essential Guide to Better Literature Reviews

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The literature review is an essential component of high-quality academic and policy research papers. It  summarizes and synthesizes the arguments and ideas of existing knowledge on a particular subject, helps to identify gaps in the existing literature on the subject, and situates the research presented within the field of study. Conducting an effective literature review is a process requiring a number of skills including locating, accessing, reviewing, and then citing relevant literature within the text.  

Join our online workshop to learn how to locate and identify reliable sources, use a citation tool, and conduct a literature review effectively in your research and policy papers. Our highly experienced speakers will share with you the strategies and resources you will need to help you create  quality literature reviews. 

We invite university students and faculty, recent graduates, NGO staff and anyone who is interested in or already doing research and wishes to enhance their literature review skills. 

**You will learn:

    • Why a literature review is important in crafting a research topic and getting published
    • How to identify and locate reliable literature and other resources on your topic
    • How to use the citation tool Zotero to create citations within the text and manage the bibliography
    • How to effectively conduct a literature review



Michele Ford is a Professor and Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Her research focuses on Southeast Asian labor movements, the intersection between national and international trade unions, labor migration, and labor engagement in the political sphere. Michele’s work has been supported by a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants related to these and other topics. She currently leads an ARC Discovery Project on Myanmar’s garment industry and an ARC Linkage Project on trade union responses to gender-based violence in Cambodia’s construction industry. In addition, she has been involved in extensive consultancy work for the ILO, the international labor movement, and the Australian government.

Soksamphoas Im is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Center for Khmer Studies, where she co-leads the research project “Resilience and Recovery Among Workers in the Tourism Sector During and (Post-) COVID-19 Pandemic.” The project is supported by The Asia Foundation’s Ponlok Chomnes Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research focuses on political development and social welfare policy implementation in contemporary Cambodia. Her research has been published in the Kyoto Working Papers on Area Studies, Research on Ageing and Social Policy, and Asian Politics & Policy. She has been using the Zotero citation tool to manage bibliography since her doctoral studies.

Try Thuon holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences in Urban Studies from Chiang Mai University. He serves as a CKS Senior Research Fellow and Research Team Leader for the project “Urban Development and Socio-economic Change of Sihanoukville Urban Development in Time of Covid-19 Pandemic”.  He has served as the Country’s Lead Researcher on the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network 2.0: Communities of Learning, Research and Teaching Collaborative (SEANET Collective). 

Vichhra Mouyly is a Ph.D. student at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on gender-based violence and harassment at work, women’s empowerment, labour standards and the labour movement in Cambodia’s garment and construction industries. In addition, she was part of the ILO Better Factories Cambodia and oversaw enterprises’ workplace compliance. She supported factories, constituents, and partner capacity building on workplace policies, productivity, and legal advice. She has published articles in high-quality journals. Vichhra received a scholarship from the Australian Government to undertake her Master’s degree in Employment and Industrial Relations Law at the University of Melbourne.


This workshop is co-hosted by the Center for Khmer Studies and Sydney Southeast Asia Center, University of Sydney and supported by the Australian  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through The Asia Foundation’s Ponlok Chomnes: Data and Dialogue for Development in Cambodia program.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the publications and through webinars are solely those of the authors or speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Center for Khmer Studies, Inc. The designations employed in the publications and through the webinars, and the presentation of material therein, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of The Center for Khmer Studies, Inc. as to the matters discussed therein. The responsibility for opinions expressed in the publications and webinars are solely those of the authors or speakers, and the publication does not constitute an endorsement by The Center for Khmer Studies, Inc. of the opinions, views or issues discussed therein.


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