A literature review paper critically summarizes previous empirical literature on a specific topic/question. Writing a literature review paper demonstrates strong familiarity with work in the field surrounding research interest.

A literature review paper normally contains the following:

  1. Title page
  2. Introduction
  3. Main body
  4. List of references

Some important tips to consider when writing a literature review paper:

  • Divide paper into topics; do not just write about the first article, then second article, etc.
  • Do not write the literature review chronologically, unless pertinent to the topic/question being answered

 (All information derived from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ and http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx)