Writing the Literature Review

Writing the Literature Review (LR) can take different paths, but strong LRs show the reader from what previous knowledge the research questions emerge, what current scholars have found related to your RQ, and how existing literature informs the theoretical framework and/or methodology of the present study.

Remember that writing is recursive and you might revisit these steps throughout your drafting and revising processes!

Additional Resources

Boston College Libraries. “Writing the Literature Review.” https://libguides.bc.edu/litreview/gettingstarted

Feak, C. & J. Swales. (2012). Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

USC Library Guide. The literature review. Organizing your social sciences research paperhttp://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/literaturereview

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