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Literature Review: Home

This guide provides resources for developing a literature review.

Definition

""A review of the literature is a classification and evaluation of what accredited scholars and researchers have written on a topic, organized according to a guiding concept such as your research objective, thesis or the problem/issue you wish to address."  (Source :zimmer.csufresno.edu/~donnah/Literature%20Review%20Framework.doc)

Literature reviews can vary by discipline and by assignment.. Please check with your professor for complete criteria for your literature review assignment .

Finding Examples

Examples

  • Undergraduate Research Journal - Bethune-Cookman - issues behind Circulation Desk (2 hour-reserve checkout)
  • APA Style Sample Literature Review  Evaluator's feedback written in red.  From Purdue University Online Writing Lab.(OWL)
  • Sample APA Paper (lit. review begins page 3) Evaluator's feedback provided in blue and green text boxes., From OWL.
  • Your own collection of research articles. Many of you have a number of research articles that you have gathered while doing research for other assignments. Look through these for examples- most scholarly research articles will have a review of the literature after the introduction.

More examples can be found in databases:

Google Scholar- finding examples of literature reviews

Another resource for finding examples of literature reviews is Google Scholar.  Many Google Scholar results include copies of full-text scholarly publications and most scholarly articles contain a review of the literature.

Writing Help

What is a Literature Review? (under 4 min.)

From Endicott College Writing Center

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Writing a Lit Review (Under 5 min.)

From Endicott College Writing Center

Get Lit: The Literature Review (46 min.)