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Jonathan Cisco, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, [email protected]

Teaching the Literature Review: A
Practical Approach for College Instructors
AB S TR AC T
Instructors across the disciplines require their students to write literature reviews.
Although numerous sources describe the literature review process, instructors
and students face difficulty when approaching the structure of a literature review.
This paper presents a straightforward, efficient approach for teaching students
how to write a literature review. Developed over the course of three years at a
university writing center, this lesson received substantial support from students
across the disciplines. This paper reflects on one group of students’ experiences
while writing literature reviews in a political science course, showing that students
demonstrated a sense of confidence and direction after the lesson. University
professors, writing center staff, and content-discipline instructors in higher education classrooms can allevia