For this week, you will be submitting the literature review section of your final paper for feedback. There is no explicit word count for this exercise, but you will need to fully develop and explain themes in your research that will provide background information for your topic. You will be typing this section in a Word document, but you do not need a cover page or page numbers. Just make sure that you are using APA formatting when you format in-text citations. You do not need a reference list either. We are just focusing on your writing. We will be participating in a peer review activity on 11/12, and you will be able to get feedback from your fellow classmates on your work. Here are some important tips to keep in mind for your literature review:
- Remember that you are not writing about each of your sources separately as you did in the annotated bibliography. You are not focusing on each individual source. Instead, you are focusing on the themes and patterns in the research you have gathered that provide background information on your topic.
- Unlike the annotated bibliography, you are not only allowed but encouraged to use quotes or paraphrase your sources. There should be in-text citations in your writing.
- Even though your focus is to provide background information to your reader and this section is largely informative, you want to make sure that the sources do not speak for you. Paraphrasing and using quotes is absolutely appropriate, but please make sure that you are relying mostly on your own interpretation of the information. Most of your writing should still be your own and not totally dependent on your sources.
- Read! Read! Read! Look at the examples so you can see the literature review in action.