In an academic project report, what phrasing should I use to introduce and explain related work? I have to explain several previous projects; I would like to be clear but also avoid repetition.

I came up with the following two examples:

Previous research in this area has focused on the following: ...

In this section we discuss related work...

  • What question are you asking? I'm not getting this. (Also, you may want to define "best".) Apr 30, 2012 at 16:51
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    I believe that he's asking the best way to segue between his words and when he's about to start talking about someone else's words that were seen in another academic paper. Apr 30, 2012 at 17:04
  • I think I understand the question; I've edited appropriately. Noah, hope this is good :)
    – Standback
    Apr 30, 2012 at 17:07
  • @standback - that makes more sense. Apr 30, 2012 at 17:08
  • @noah - Are you using APA or MLA? Or another style guide altogether? Apr 30, 2012 at 17:08

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"Previous research in this area has focused on..." sounds perfectly fine as an intro to a "related research" section. You may want to make it clear whether it's your previous work or other research in the area that you're building on.

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