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Writing a Literature Review

  • Rachel Winn

This Canvas-based module introduces writers to the process of identifying a topic, gathering research, organizing research, creating a literature matrix, and drafting a literature review. As writers progress through the module, they are gathering the necessary research needed to complete a literature review assignment. While not exhaustive, writers are provided with information to help decide if their sources are academic or popular. This module includes the creation of a reflective bibliography (similar to an annotated bibliography) and a literature matrix as tools for writing a synthesis-based literature review. By the end of this module, writers should be able to

  • Define the purpose of a literature review
  • Identify academic sources for their research topic
  • Draft a reflective bibliography
  • Compose a literature matrix
  • Write a literature review

This module is meant to take place over a couple of weeks as it walks writers through the entire literature review process.

This module is geared toward junior, senior, and master level courses, and can be directly imported into your canvas courses. The assignments and discussion boards within the modules should be scored by the instructor. Instructors are able to update/revise the module’s assignments and rubrics to align with their course assignments and goals. 

You can import the module directly into your Canvas course.  Access the module here.


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  1. Literature Review: A Silly Example

    The Goal of the body of your Lit Review is to combine studies into logical groups and summarize them. There may be several ways to combine the articles you find in your search, as seen in our fictional examples below. Studies Combined based on Apple Uses. Apples have many uses. Many people enjoy eating apples raw.

  2. Writing a Literature Review

    Published Jan 25, 2021 by Rachel Winn Filed under: Workshops This Canvas-based module introduces writers to the process of identifying a topic, gathering research, organizing research, creating a literature matrix, and drafting a literature review.

  3. How to Conduct your Lit Review

    A Silly Example Step 1 - Formulate a Question You will first want to determine a topic for your review. If you are working on an assignment, this may be provided for you or determined by the field you are studying.

  4. Literature Review Matrix

    Why is it important? A literature review is important because it: Explains the background of research on a topic. Demonstrates why a topic is significant to a subject area. Discovers relationships between research studies/ideas. Identifies major themes, concepts, and researchers on a topic. Identifies critical gaps and points of disagreement.

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