Q. How do I write a literature review?


Information about a Literature Review (according to the Purdue Online Writing Lab):

A literature review is:

  • A critical summary of what scientific articles say about the specific topic or question.
  • A list of articles to be used in the research paper.
  • A demonstration of familiarity with work in the field pertinent to the research you hope to conduct.

A literature review contains the following sections:

  • Title page
  • Introduction section/Thesis statement
  • Summary of sources
  • References page

Please note:  Some instructors may want an abstract for a literature review, so be sure to check with them when given the assignment.

Also, the length of a literature review and the required number of sources will vary based on course and instructor preferences.

Visit the APA Help guide for directions on how to set up the paper.

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  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2020
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