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Conducting a Literature Review

From OWL at Purdue:  https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/13/

A literature review is a critical summary of what the scientific literature says about your specific topic or question. Often student research in APA fields falls into this category. Your professor might ask you to write this kind of paper to demonstrate your familiarity with work in the field pertinent to the research you hope to conduct.

A literature review typically contains the following sections:

  • Title page
  • Introduction section
  • List of references

Some instructors may also want you to write an abstract for a literature review, so be sure to check with them when given an assignment. Also, the length of a literature review and the required number of sources will vary based on course and instructor preferences.

NOTE: A literature review and an annotated bibliography are not synonymous; see the link below for info on how to write an Annotated Bibliography.

Citation Analysis

Want to explore the impact of an author, article or journal?  Explore the resources on this guide:

Career/Graduate School Resources

Indexes & Databases for Psychology-related research

Start your research with PsycInfo or Web of Science, two great databases with a lot of behavioral sciences and interdisciplinary content!

Theses and Dissertations from MSU and beyond

WWW Resources

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Explore using EndNote to manage your citations

Learn about using EndNote citation management software to organize the citations that you gather in your research. 

http://guides.lib.montana.edu/endnote