The literature review

A literature review in a paper is not just a place to show off how much you’ve read. (Neither is your reference section.)

  1. If you want to know what to put in your literature review, and where, and how [and whether your lit review should be a separate section], an ideal place for GRIPS students is Professor Petchko’s How to Write about Economics and Public Policy, chapters 11 and 12. Say no more! Students can get the e-book version from the GRIPS Library, in the e-book section.

2. If you want a longer, gentler glide path with lots of exercises, Swales and Feak’s (2009) Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review (U. Michigan) is a complete resource at the foundation level.

3. Far more tool-oriented and IT grounded is Raul Pacheco‘s blog, within which there are pages like

The literature review
The rhetorical precis
Literature review tools
The conceptual synthesis excel dump
The annotated bibliography
Theoretical frameworks