Writing the Literature Review

If you have never written a literature review before, use the resources in this list to learn how to approach this special type of research project and get step-by-step help. You can also view some sample literature reviews from other colleges and universities below.

Guides to Writing a Literature Review

The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It. Writing at University of Toronto.
http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review

Literature Reviews. Writing Center at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-reviews/

How to Write a Literature Review. University Library. University of California, Santa Cruz.
http://library.ucsc.edu/ref/howto/literaturereview.html

Review of the Literature. The Writing Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html

The Literature Review. Deakin University Library. (Australia)
http://www.deakin.edu.au/library/findout/research/litrev.php

The Literature Review. Edith Cowan University (Australia)
http://www.business.ecu.edu.au/current-students/media/learning-adviser/The%20Literature%20Review.pdf

Sample Literature Reviews

Auckland Uniservices Ltd. Instructed Second Language Acquisition. 
http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/schooling/5163

Sample APA Papers: Literature Review. Purdue University Online Writing Center. PDF File.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/workshops/hypertext/apa/print/papers/litreview.pdf

Sample Literature Review on Critical Thinking. Gwendolyn Reece, American University Library.
http://www.library.american.edu/Help/tutorials/lit_review/critical_thinking.pdf

Sample Literature Reviews. Prof. G. Steinberg, College of New Jersey.
http://gsteinbe.intrasun.tcnj.edu/tcnj/rhetoric2/litreviews.htm

Sample of a Literature Review from a Quantitative Research Paper. Susan Janssen, University of Minnesota Duluth.
http://www.d.umn.edu/~sjanssen/samplelitreview.htm

Brenda Gayle Plummer. The Changing Face of Diplomatic History: A Literature Review. University of Wisconsin-Madison. The History Teacher.
http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/ht/38.3/plummer.html

The Doomsday Argument: a Literature Review. Nick Bostrom. Dept. of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method London School of Economics.
http://www.anthropic-principle.com/preprints/lit/

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