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Writing 117 (Pravin): Literature Reviews

Writing for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

Key video component include the following:

  • Research is about telling a story -- a professor's perspective (2:12 - 3:08)
  • Different types of literature review -- e.g. in a thesis or dissertation (3:48 - 4:13)
  • So what's involved in reviewing the literature? (7:00 - 8:46)

* produced by NC State University Libraries (~10 minutes)

Selected Literature Review Resources

Literature Review Examples

Akgün, A. E., Keskin, H., & Byrne, J. (2012). Organizational emotional memory. Management Decision, 50(1), 95-114. doi:

De Freitas, S. (2018). Are Games Effective Learning Tools? A Review of Educational Games. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 21(2), 74-84. Retrieved from

Wright, Robin Redmon, and Jennifer A. Sandlin. "Cult TV, hip hop, shape-shifters, and vampire slayers: A review of the literature at the intersection of adult education and popular culture." Adult Education Quarterly 59.2 (2009): 118-141. Retrieved from