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Resources on Writing Literature Reviews & Annotated Bibliographies
How to Write a Literature Review (San Jose State University Writing Center))
Literature reviews are a vital part of a research project or paper, and they are particularly important during graduate school. This handout will focus on defining what a literature review is, how to organize and synthesize information, and what the different parts of a literature review are.
Writing a Literature Review (Purdue OWL)
A literature review is a document or section of a document that collects key sources on a topic and discusses those sources in conversation with each other (also called synthesis). The lit review is an important genre in many disciplines, not just literature.
How to Do a Literature Review in 10 Easy Steps (streaming, SAGE Research Methods Online)
Dr. Zina O'Leary explains sourcing literature, the importance of arguments, and the ten steps of a literature review.
An Introduction to Literature Reviews (streaming, SAGE Research Methods Online)
Professor Eric Jensen and Dr Charles Laurie explain how to write a literature review, and why researchers need to do so. Literature reviews can be stand-alone research or part of a larger project. They communicate the state of academic knowledge on a given topic, specifically detailing what is still unknown.
Designing Your Literature Review (streaming, SAGE Research Methods Online)
Dr. Guy Roberts-Holmes, PhD, discusses designing a literature review for a research project, including sources of information and refining a research argument.
Succeeding with Your Literature Review: a Handbook for Students
Written by an author with extensive experience of supervising and examining undergraduate, Masters and doctoral dissertations, this book covers the latest trends, such as: RSS feeds, wikis, grey literature, blogs and forms of open access publishing. The book also includes examples of common pitfalls, good practice, key terms and questions to reinforce student learning and reflection.
Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
This useful guide educates students in the preparation of literature reviews for term projects, theses, and dissertations. The authors provide numerous examples from published reviews that illustrate the guidelines discussed throughout the book.