Writing a Literature Review

For this assignment you will write a 5-7 page (double spaced) literature review.

You are going to write a small-scale or what is also called a selective literature review.

I have the 6 sources and outline to use attached to this document

Use the 6 sources you cited in your annotated bibliography.

Refer to the Purdue OWL website for an example:


(You may need to copy and paste the URL above into your web browser).

Please follow this outline for your review:


  1. define or identify the general topic, issue, or area of concern
  2. point out overall trends in what has been published
  3. establish your point of view?include your research question here


  1. group research studies and other relevant literature according to a common theme (for example, you may find prevailing theories in your research and can use those as sections, or categories, in the body)
  2. summarize each item of the literature appropriately
  3. compare and evaluate each item
  4. provide topic sentences at the beginning of paragraph and summary sentences at the end of sections to help the reader understand what the main issues are


  1. summarize the literature maintaining the focus presented in your introduction
  2. evaluate the current state by pointing out gaps in the literature, inconsistences and issues that are important for future study
  3. conclude by giving som insight into the relationship between your topic and a larger area of study or professional practice


  • Your literature review must be 5-7 pages in length (not including your References page), double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • References should be listed on a separate piece of paper following the review, cited in APA format and alphabetized.
  • Use in-text (parenthetical) citations throughout the body of your literature review; use APA formatting for in-text citations.

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