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EDU 510: Foundations--Becoming a Teacher Leader

Literature Reviews

Understanding a literature review...

  • What?  Overview /survey of a small body of scholarly research (i.e. books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, etc.) in a particular discipline.
  • Why?    Often a required component of grant and research proposals.  They are also a common preface to theses, dissertations, and scholarly articles.
  • Scope?   Determined in large part by your research needs and/or restrictions.  (Summary or critical evaluation)

Literature Review Guides & Samples

Below is  sampling of resources to help you better understand the purpose and structure of literature reviews.  You may find the worksheet from IUPUI particularly useful once you collect the bulk of your resources and begin to write your first draft.