Literature Review:

  1. Identifies the student’s specific literature review topic, explicitly articulating a unifying, overarching theme that will guide the project
  2. Literature Review: Summarizes the general state of the literature (cumulative knowledge base) on the specific research question by synthesizing themes, methods, results, and/or theoretical framework used in current literature. Each theme should end with a short conclusion and transition to the next section.
  3. Discussion:  Synthesis of critical analysis of the literature (Reiterate common themes – what can you learn from what others have studied by looking at the whole picture?) Identifies new knowledge gained through integration of literature findings (What new knowledge have you or do you anticipate being able to generate based on your review? How can this information add to our understanding of the overall topic?
  4. References: Includes a complete reference list, formatted to APA standards.