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Literature Review Outline
I.

Introduction
a. Describe the overall topic that you have been investigating, why it is
important to the field, and why you are interested in the topic.
b. Identify themes and trends in research questions, methodology, and
findings. Give a “big picture” of the literature.

II. Theme A1

a. Overview of characteristics of the theme (commonalities, differences,
nuances)
b. Sub-theme – narrow but grouped findings related to the theme
i. Study 1 (Research question(s), Methods/Participants, Related
Findings)
ii. Study 2 (Research question(s), Methods/Participants, Related
Findings)
iii. Study 3 (Research question(s), Methods/Participants, Related
Findings)
c. Sub-theme – narrow but grouped findings related to the theme
i. Study 4 (Research question(s), Methods/Participants, Related
Findings)
ii. Study 5 (Research question(s), Methods/Participants, Related
Findings)
iii. Study 6 (Research question(s), Methods/Participants, Related
Findings)
d. Etc., etc., etc. wit