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.utoronto.ca/writing/litrev.html

    Literature Reviews. Writing Center at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
    http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/literature_review.html

    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. PDF File.
    http://www.minedu.govt.nz/web/downloadable/dl10599_v1/instructed-second-language.pdf

    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

    Apes and Language: A Literature Review. Karen Shaw, Montana State University-Billings. PDF File.
    http://www.msubillings.edu/asc/PDF-WritingLab/APA%20sample%20paper.pdf

    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/