Discussion and Evaluation (include section heading; 2 paragraphs): This section is your discussion and evaluation of the articles from your summary section and not your discussion of the issues themselves.
Introduction: The introduction presents your narrowed topic or area of inquiry, whether from the conclusion of your Background Essay or based on a later formulation, and an overview of the various subtopics, issues, and problems that scholarly researchers have studied (which will also be reflected in the topic sentences of your Summary paragraphs).
Also include a thesis statement that provides your evaluation of the state of current knowledge and of what needs further study, which should anticipate the specific research question you will arrive at in the end.
Do not introduce new articles in this section that you haven't already covered in the Summary section.
Please note that even though you may take issue with aspects of the research and findings in your sources, it is very rare for the discussion to include a complete dismissal of any one source.
See the "Find scholarly articles" tab from our Holman Library Class Guide.
At least two of your scholarly articles must come from the online database Academic Search Premier (available from the class guide); other scholarly sources can come from Google Scholar, scholarly book chapters (published by university presses), or research studies published by credible organizations.
Student Sample Literature Review The Literature Review consists of an introduction, summary of scholarly sources, a discussion and evaluation of the sources (including disputes and disagreements), and a conclusion in which you put forth your own potential original research questions that will contribute something new to the available understanding on the topic.
A minimum of five scholarly sources (not the same ones you used in the Background Essay) are required for this essay.
Others can come from Google Scholar, scholarly books, or research studies from credible organizations.
At least two of your sources must be no older than two years.