Write a literature review to communicate your conclusions about how the literature addresses your research question. A well-written literature review reflects your scholarly accomplishment.
- After synthesizing the literature, construct your argument.
- Review your notes and findings with your argument in mind.
- Create an outline that maps your argument.
- Consult other literature reviews for models.
- State your argument early.
- Indicate why your argument is important and how it contributes to the advancement of knowledge.
- Delineate the scope of your review by discussing what will and will not be addressed.
- Define terminology.
- Describe relevant theories and construct topic relationships.
- Properly cite studies used to advance your argument.
- Present your conclusions, their implications, and possible directions for future research.
Remember: the literature review is an iterative process!