Writing Chapter 2: Review of Related Literature

04 Nov

A literature review is designed to identify related research, to set the current research project within a conceptual and theoretical context.

The second chapter should…

  • start with a brief introductory paragraph concerning the researcher’s exploration of related literature and studies on the research problem;
  • state the main coverage of said chapter;
  • should be organized thematically to confirm to the specific problems;
  • should synthesize evidence from all studies reviewed to get an overall understanding of the state of the knowledge in the problem area;
  • should be limited within the last ten years;
  • should include a clinching statement showing how the related materials had assisted the researchers in the present study at the last part.

How to Write the Introduction of a Review of Related Literature

  • Identify the general topic of the sources under discussion. Thus, you will provide the context of your review of related literature;
  • Discuss what was already presented about the topic of your paper: conflicts in a theory, conclusions, gaps in research and scholarship, etc.
  • Explain why the literature used is worth reviewing.

How to Write the Body of a Review of Related Literature

  • Group the sources according to their common dominators (approaches, objectives or any specific chronologies);
  • Give the examples of how to sort out these groups. Use quotations, evidences, data, etc. They will make your review of related literature more valid.

How to Write the Conclusion of a Review of Related Literature

  • Summarize the contributions of the literature sources made to the area of study you investigate. Maintain the central focus in the Introduction;
  • Give a kind of insight into the relationship between the topic of your review and a larger study area (e.g. a discipline, a scientific endeavor, etc.
    • top, right, left, and bottom margins, 1 inch
    • chapter headings and subheads: use consistent style and spacing (Based on APA Style)
    • typeface used throughout research paper is consistent
    • 1.5 space all text (exceptions: quotations of four lines or longer and references)
    • page numbers at least one inch from the edge of the paper
    • no form of correction fluid is to be used
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