LITERATURE REVIEW: OUTLINE EXAMPLE
In the research done for the topic, you should have been able to determine some common themes. Group the themes together and begin the outline.I. Introduction
a. Define and describe the topic. Why is it important to study?
a. cite this information here and you’ll be able to easily track.(author(s), year, p. xx)
b. b. Identify themes and trends in research and findings. Give a “big picture” of the literature.(author(s), year, p. xx)
II. Theme One
a. Overview of characteristics of the theme (commonalities, differences, nuances)
i. Include quotes after each of the related findings if you’d like. These notes and quotations will provide easy context when writing your paper (citation).
b. Sub-theme – narrow but grouped findings related to the theme
i. Study 1 Related Findings(citation)
ii. Study 2 Related Findings(citation)
iii. Study 3 Related Findings(citation)
b. Sub-theme – narrow but grouped findings related to the themei. Study 4 Related Findings(citation)
ii. Study 5 Related Findings(citation)
c. iii. Study 6 Related Findings(citation
d. d. Etc., etc., etc. with other findings that fit Theme A; studies can be repeated if there are multiple findings that fit under more than one theme. Include citations in proper APA format.III. Theme B – follow a, b, c, and so on from aboveIV. Keep repeating with themesV. Conclusion and Recommendations: An evaluation/critique of the existing literature.
e. Write several paragraphs.
f. a. What are the contributions of the literature to understanding the research?
g. b. What are the overall strengths?
h. c. What are the overall weaknesses?
d. What might be missing?
j. Use APA level headings.
k. See APA manual for formatting.
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