Literature Review

Literature Review

Lesson 5 – Sources of materials

Sources of Materials for Literature Review


1. Theses of post-graduate students. Not undergraduate projects, mind you!

2.  Journals like the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) Journals, Curriculum Organization                      of Nigeria etc.

3.  Books

4.  Encyclopedias

5.  Internet

6.  Government publications

Primary Sources

These are eye witness accounts

1. Personal records

These are certificates, diaries, autobiographies, affidavit, declarations, letters, wills, contracts, and original drafts of speeches, articles, books, and pamphlets.

2. Official records

These are the legislative, judicial, or executive documents prepared by central or state governments, municipalities, laws, charters, court proceedings and decisions. Data preserved by missionaries and other religious organisations like financial records of the minutes of meetings of managing or governing bodies.

Information from education departments, commissions, organisations, school boards, administrative authorities

3. Oral testimony of traditions and events

These include myths, folk tales, family stories, ceremonies, spoken account of a witness of an event, interviews with administrators, teachers, students, parents or guardians, school patrons, and prominent educationists

4. Pictorial records

These include photographs, movies, micro-films, drawings, paintings, coins and sculpture.

5. mechanical records

Included are the photograph records of events and tape recordings of interviews, meetings and speeches

6. Remains or relics

The remains or relics include fossils, skeletons, tools, weapons, clothing, buildings, furniture, skeletons, utensils, art objects, teaching materials, sample of examination question papers, samples of students work and murals.

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are the accounts of an event provided by a person who did not directly observe the event, object or condition