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Literature Review Essentials: A Five-Part Blog Series

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Are you working on a literature review for your capstone or coursework? Literature reviews can be tricky because they have a slightly different organization, purpose, and audience than other course papers. In this five-part blog series we tackle the literature review to help you through the process!

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In this series we discuss narrowing down your focus, gathering your ideas/sources, synthesizing your information, and (if you're a capstone writer) aligning your review with your problem statement. For those who may be unfamiliar, a literature review is a paper or section of a work which goes over various sources concerning the paper's topic to provide an overview of pertinent research for the reader. Learn more about literature reviews on the Writing Center's webpages on that topic.

Sound helpful? Check out each of our posts below!

Define Goals—Editor Tara establishes the main goals of a literature review and provides some foundational information on this type of document.

Curate Information—Instructor Nicole discusses why synthesis is important for the literature review and how to curate the information you've compiled.

Organize Themes (coming March 13th)—Instructor Jes provides an easy-to-use outline for how you can organize your literature review by theme.

Construct Paragraphs (March 20th)—Instructor Jes returns with a sample paragraph from a theme-organized literature review using the MEAL Plan.

Align Problems (March 27th)—Editor and Coordinator of Capstone Resources Lydia offers some insight for capstone writers in aligning their literature review with their problem statement.


With some help from these posts, you will be well on your way to writing a clear, cohesive, and thematically organized literature review! Have some tips and tricks about literature reviews or feel like sharing which of these posts helped you the most? Tell us below!


The Walden Writing Center provides information and assistance to students with services like live chat, webinars, course visits, paper reviews, podcasts, modules, and the writing center webpages. Through these services they provide students assistance with APA, scholarly writing, and help students gain skills and confidence to enhance their scholarly work.


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