Time to put all those notes together! Here are some ways to organize your written review of the literature:
Be selective and only include the sources that are the most reliable, valid and relevant to your topic.
Make an outline with the main areas you want to address as the headings and subheadings of the literature review.
Synthesize the information by:
It may not seem like it, but the writing the literature review is actually a creative activity because you are bringing your own perspective to it:
"An imaginative approach to searching and reviewing the literature includes having a broad view of the topic; being open to new ideas, methods, and arguments; ‘playing’ with different ideas to see whether you can make new linkages; and following ideas to see where they might lead." – Bloomberg and Volpe, 2008
The UNT Writing Center is a great resource to use for assistance with formatting style and citation, writing style, organization, flow and more. The lab accepts appointments and walk-ins, but appointments are encouraged to guarantee time with a tutor. To make an appointment, drop by the Writing Center or call at (940) 565-2563.
The UNT Libraries connect you to many fine online resources about different citation styles. Visit some of these sites below: