Ohio State University
School of Music
This paper attempts to provide a
detailed descriptive analysis of
one's own personal experience.
For example, a phenomenological paper
might provide an indepth description
of your experience of a particular
piece of music.
The goal is to descript one's personal
Phenomenological papers are the
most difficult of all essay types.
A literature survey identifies
a particular topic,
and engages the existing published
literature pertinent to this topic.
A good literature survey will
focus on a topic that is small enough
that the author can become familiar
with 80% or more of the published
The poorer cousin of the Literature Survey.
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