Chapter 2: Review of Literature Formatting
These guidelines can help you format your review of literature:
Introduction: This is not a restatement of the Introduction Chapter, but a brief description of the topic and explanation of the scope of the related literature being investigated. The introduction should also explain any intentional exclusions. Another purpose of the introduction is to comment on the availability of sources in the subject area.
Literature Review: There are many ways to organize the evaluation of the sources. Chronological and sub-topic related approaches are each useful examples. Each sub section should begin with a very brief umbrella statement by the researcher explaining relevance to the specific research. Each work should be critically summarized and evaluated for its premise, methodology, and conclusion. Works related by sub topic category, chronology, or levels of agreement or advocacy, should be integrated. It is also important to address inconsistencies, omissions, and errors, as it is to identify accuracy, depth, and relevance. Use logical connections and transitions. This section should include a minimum of 10 (recommended 20) resources from scholarly or authoritative professional journals or books.
Conclusion: The conclusion summarizes the key findings of the review in general terms. Notable commonalities between works, whether favorable or not, may be included here. Key points from the review of literature should be mentioned. This can also become secondary data for the proposed research.