At postgraduate level literature reviews can be incorporated into an article, a research report or thesis at undergraduate level literature reviews can be a separate stand alone assessment the literature review is generally in the format of a standard essay made up of three components: an introduction, a body and a. Just like most academic papers, literature reviews also must contain at least three basic elements: an introduction or background information section the body of the review containing the discussion of sources and, finally, a conclusion and/or recommendations section to end the paper the following provides a brief. This resource is intended to help students develop skills to write literature reviews. The structure of a literature review a literature review should be structured like any other essay: it should have an introduction, a middle or main body, and a conclusion. Like a well-baked cake, a good review has a number of telling features: it is worth the reader's time, timely, systematic, well written, focused, and critical it also needs a good structure with reviews, the usual subdivision of research papers into introduction, methods, results,. Writing your literature review for your undergraduate dissertation aims of the session explore what a literature review is and the purpose of it critical reading (to ensure critical writing) writing the review: structure introductions conclusions critical approaches to writing activity 1: discuss on your tables what is a.
Current research in the area 1 format for a literature review 2 steps for writing a literature review 1 format for a literature review a literature review follows an essay format (introduction, body, conclusion), but it the literature itself is the topic of the essay ie your essay will need to consider the literature in terms of the key. Example of a short literature review in sports medicine is available here an example of a student literature review in psychology and lecturer's comments is here a literature review in a proposal to investigate how indigenous peoples choose plant medicines an example of a literature review on language and gender with. Reviews are usually published by experts in the field being familiar with the structure and purpose of reviews will help you navigate scientific literature more confidently, but remember that it is not likely you will be writing a review for publication in a journal until well into your career sometimes, journal.
Literature reviews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 what is a literature review choosing material searching for good material assessing the literature developing the literature review a literature review should focus only on the relevant academic literature: popular or try to be specific: for example, 'heidegger, existentialism. A lit review may serve as a stand-alone piece or article for example, see the sample stand-alone literature review with instructor annotations done in apa style however, more often a lit review is part of a larger research publication: sample literature review within an analytical essay done in mla style.
Examples of a published literature review literature reviews are often published as scholarly articles, books, and reports here is an example of a recent literature review published as a scholarly journal article: ledesma, m c, & calderón, d ( 2015) critical race theory in education: a review of past. Writing a short literature review william ashton, phd york college, cuny a student began a short literature review on the stigma of the mentally ill and perceptions of dangerousness working through psycharticles she found three likely articles when she read each, she wrote a paragraph description of each.