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Literature Review

Tips for Writing Your Lit Review


  • Take consistent notes
    • note the same kinds of observations throughout your reading
  • Create a highlighting scheme
    • Use different colors for identifying themes, types of observations and similar attributes between articles
  • Group your observations
    • ‚ÄčMake observations on post-its so you can group them thematically
    • You can even rough sort the articles themselves into piles in line with you might group the authors
  • Summarize only key points i.e. what supports your central ideas
    • Don't overwhelm yourself with covering too many details in your paper
  • Paraphrase like a pro
    • Start by reading the passage you'd like to paraphrase several times, then look away and write it in your words as if you were relaying the content to a peer - this will help you avoid copying  exact sentence structure
  • Follow Citation style rules
    • Authors/ researchers should be the subjects in your paper
    • For more on using different citation styles, check out the Citation Styles Guide

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