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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...

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What question are you asking? I'm not getting this. (Also, you may want to define "best".) –  Neil Fein Apr 30 '12 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. –  Nathan C. Tresch Apr 30 '12 at 17:04
    
I think I understand the question; I've edited appropriately. Noah, hope this is good :) –  Standback Apr 30 '12 at 17:07
    
@standback - that makes more sense. –  Neil Fein Apr 30 '12 at 17:08
    
@noah - Are you using APA or MLA? Or another style guide altogether? –  Neil Fein Apr 30 '12 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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