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Ezra's Research Diary: Tried and True Strategies for Effective Undergraduate Research: Write a Literature Review

This library guide is designed to help students understand the overall process of undergraduate research at Cornell.

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Writing a Literature Review

The literature review is the section of your paper in which you cite and briefly review the related research studies that have been conducted. In this space, you will describe the foundation on which your research will be/is built. You will:

  • discuss the work of others
  • evaluate their methods and findings
  • identify any gaps in their research
  • state how your research is different

The literature review should be selective and should group the cited studies in some logical fashion.


If you need some additional assistance with your literature review, the Knight Institute of Writing holds Writing Walk-In Services at Mann Library in Room 160, Sun-Wed 7-10pm.

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