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Literature Review Format: Option B Outline

I. Introduction consists of four parts 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. Similarities within the research are discussed.

a. First similarity among research is discussed.
b. Second similarity among research is discussed.
c. Third similarity among research is discussed.

III. Differences in the research are discussed.

a. First difference between research is discussed
b. Second difference between research is discussed
c. Third difference between research is discussed

IV. Conclusion/Summary

a. Summarize points of comparison or contrast between the works.
b. Provide insight into relationship between the topic of the literature and a larger area of study such as a specific discipline or profession.

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