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Section F: Resources

On this page, you will find a comprehensive list of resources provided within this guide. These resources include examples, printable handouts, and additional links.

Summary of Resources

Within this section, we have provided you with

  • our literature review template,
  • the typical structure of a literature review,
  • all of the handouts and worksheets found within this guide, and
  • two annotated examples of literature reviews.

Literature Review Sample Guiding Questions

This outline sample of a Literature Review should serve as a useful guide to help you get started.

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Structure of a Literature Review

The components of a literature review will vary depending on your institution and your instructor’s preferences, as well as the style of literature review you are writing. Be sure to refer to your assignment instructions to find out what will be required.

Most literature reviews- regardless of whether they are stand-alone literature review or embedded literature reviews, will include the following major sections and components:

  1. Cover page includes basic student and class information
  2. Introduction demonstrates the importance of a topic and outlines the direction of the review, including the thesis, research question, scope, and purpose
  3. Body synthesizes and analyzes sources in a clear, logical manner
  4. Conclusion addresses the gaps in knowledge, indicates what your analysis tells you about the thesis or research question, and provides directions for future research
  5. References list all the sources you cited in your paper, but students using the Chicago Manual of Style will also need to include the works they consulted even if they did not cite them

Section B: Planning and Researching

Building Analytical Skills

Use this helpful handout for your Literature Review.

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Process Organization Chart

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Section B: Planning and Researching

Blank Project Schedule

Use this blank worksheet to plan your Literature Review.

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Sample: Completed Project Schedule Worksheet

Use this completed worksheet as an exampe for your Literature Review Project Schedule.

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Research Question Checklist

Use this helpful worksheet for your Literature Review.

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Blank Review Matrix

Use this helpful worksheet for your Literature Review Review Matrix.

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Health Sciences Review Matrix

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Arts Review Matrix

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Stand-alone Literature Review

Health Sciences Annotated Literature Review

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Embedded Literature Review

History Annotated Literature Review

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