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Writing a Literature Review

Includes definitions, approaches to literature reviews, finding sources, organizing the literature review, and practical tips.

Writing your review

Introduce your topic

  • Define and explain your research problem or question

Signal, or explain, what you will be doing in the paper

Write simply and directly

Use past tense

Follow your organizational scheme

Use words that are accurate, suitable, and familiar

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