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Literature Review Format: Option A Outline

I. Introduction consists of four parts that are usually discussed in one paragraph.

a. Identify the general topic being discussed.
b. Mention trends published about the topic.
c. State thesis establishing the reason for writing the literature review.
d. Explain criteria by giving a description of each of the criteria used in evaluating the literature review and rationalizing its organization

II. Literature reviewed section is divided up according to study.

a. First study is summarized and discussed.
b. Second study is summarized and discussed.
c. Third study is summarized and discussed.

III. Comparative analysis acknowledges the similarities and differences between studies.

a. Similarities (if any) among the studies are evaluated and discussed.
b. Differences (if any) among the studies are evaluated and discussed.

IV. Conclusion/Summary effectively wraps up the review.

a. Summarize points of comparison or contrast among the works based on Section III of your review.
b. Provide insight of relationship between the topic of the review and a larger area of study such as a specific discipline or profession

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