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From TLI: Teaching the Literature Review: A Practical Approach for College Instructors

Abstract: 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 alleviate their students’ anxiety about literature reviews by using this lesson in their classrooms.

Read more in:

Cisco, Jonathan. (2014). Teaching the Literature Review: A Practical Approach for College Instructors.Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2(2), 41-57.

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