(with thanks to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Writing Center Literature Review)
Finding a focus
A literature review is organized around ideas that are illuminated in sources, not the sources themselves.
A literature review is not a list of sources with detail about each one of them.
As you read widely and also selectively on your topic area, consider what themes or issues connect your sources.
Pick one of these themes to focus the organization of your literature review.
Use quotes sparingly
Summarize and synthesize
Keep your own voice
Use caution when paraphrasing
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