Posted: September 22nd, 2016
Analysis and interpretation—discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature.
1. Lit Review Components: Organize your literature review using the following model:
2. Introduction/Purpose: An brief summary of the subject, issue or theory under consideration, along with the objectives of the literature review.
3. Division of the Subject into Themes/Categories: Mastery of the body of knowledge is demonstrated by division into specific topics.
I. Organize this section using headings to delineate specific sub-areas within the body of knowledge (e.g. those in support of a particular position, those against, and those offering alternative theses entirely).
II. Present all relevant knowledge/evidence/information: Explain the basis of knowledge in the field. What kind of research is conducted? By whom? How reliable are the general conclusions in the literature?
III. Account for pertinent elements of thought: Integrate into this section, a discussion of assumptions, points of view, implications of conclusions, and important concepts or theories.
4. Warrant/Argument: Clearly and concisely explain your conclusion regarding the body of knowledge.
I. What is and is not known.
II. What problems exist within the body of knowledge?
III. What you intend to do to extend/improve/contribute to the body of knowledge.
5. The literature review must be 6-8pages of text, not including figures and tables. The text must be double-spaced and use a 10-12 point typeface.
Does it meet the following:
Justifies criteria for inclusion and exclusion from review.
Justifies what is ‘nearly in’ the research but actually excluded. This helps to establish the boundaries of the research.
Distinguishes what has been done in the field from what needs to be done.
Identifies the gaps in current knowledge and therefore the role and value of the current study.
Places the topic or problem in the broader scholarly literature.
Shows that the topic or problem is linked to wider issues that have already merited research.
Places the research in the historical context of the field.
Critically explores the background and history of the topic to contextualize current themes.
Acquires and enhances the subject vocabulary
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