1. ABSTRACT: Why? How? What?
2. INTRODUCTION: Hypothesis, Survey of the Literature - Broad to specific
3. METHODS: How to replicate the study. Detailed explanation of data sources or original collection (primary/secondary), as well as methodologies applied.
4. RESULTS: Tables and Figures. May include discussion of validation instrument and whether the findings were significant.
5. DISCUSSION: Including questions for further research.
6. REFERENCES: a list of sources that the authors used for their research.
A- D- I- R- M ORDER
1. Abstract (Why? How? What?)
2. Discussion (Answers the hypothesis or research question and explains how results support the conclusion.)
MAIN POINTS ARE FREQUENTLY SUGGESTED BY:
What is a Literature Review?
What is the structure of a Literature Review?
What is its purpose?
A literature review will help you identify what has been discovered and what has yet to be discovered. It helps the reader understand where your ideas "fit" in the scholarly conversation. A review is a required part of grant and research proposals and often a chapter in theses and dissertations.
Cues to a Literature Review Section
A growing body of literature suggests . . . (List authors and page numbers)
It is often argued that . . . (Author page number)
A contrary view holds . . . (Author page number)