Literature Review

Students will write a 6-8 page literature review based on the readings that were assigned plus two additional sources related to the main idea of their review. Their summary & connection essays will be particularly useful in composing this review. While the summary & connection essays asked them to summarize and make connections between two sources, the literature reviews will ask the students to summarize and make connections among several sources. This skill will benefit them when they are asked to write about complex ideas in each student’s major field of study. (CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4)

Requirements of submission:  The literature review should be 6-8 pages in length, not including the works cited page, and follow the formatting guidelines outlined below. Failure to adhere to these requirements of submission may result in the paper being returned ungraded. Returned papers will need to be resubmitted, and the late policy as stated on the syllabus will be applied.

How to Proceed:

  1.  Review the summary & connection essays that you previously wrote.
  2. Identify the specific areas of education that your review will focus upon. Consider some of the topics addressed in the articles, during our discussions, and in your journal (minimum of 4 sources and maximum of 6).
  3. Conduct some research and locate additional sources of information on your specific focus and read those sources.
  4. Construct a thesis statement for your literature review. Since your review is meant to provide information on the topic for your reader, it should be informative in nature, not persuasive.
  5. Create an outline for your review based upon your thesis statement. A basic outline might look like this:
  • Introduction: Introduce the topic of the review, its significance, and the thesis statement.
  • Body: Group your sources into different categories and devote 2-3 pages to each category. For a review of this length, 2-4 categories should be sufficient.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the review’s main points, restate the thesis, and provide suggestions for further research.
  • Using your outline, write a draft of your literature review.
  • Bring a draft of your literature review to class to be reviewed by a peer.
  • Take a draft of your review to the Writing Center  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.for additional feedback.
  • Revise your literature review and submit in Canvas.


  •  Times New Roman 12-point font , one-inch margins, double-spaced throughout
  • MLA-style heading: Name, instructor’s name, course, date
  • Last name, page numbers in the upper-right corner of the header
  • Title centered above the first paragraph
  • Works Cited page with citations in proper MLA format


  •  a clear introduction and thesis statement
  • well-developed body paragraphs that effectively integrate source information
  • an effective conclusion
  • effective synthesis of the sources reviewed
  • proper use of the conventions of standard written English
  • proper MLA-style formatting

Writing Center: Take your work to the Writing Center prior to submitting to ensure you submit your best work.

Amy Pittman