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Education Research Guide: How to Write a Literature Review

Literature Reviews Explained

Use the articles below to learn about:

  • what a literature review is
  • how to select and research a topic
  • how to write a literature review

Synthesizing Explained

Synthesizing is a method of analyzing the main ideas and important information from your sources as you read and prepare to write a literature review. Review the resources below for sample synthesizing methods. Both examples have tables you can fill out as you read articles to help you organize your thoughts. 

Sample Literature Reviews

Make sure you follow any instructions from you professor on how to format your literature review! Use the examples below to get ideas for how you might write about the sources you found in your research.


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