Guidelines for State of the Literature Research Paper
Review post-2000-present literature on CONSULTATION as it relates to Trends in Behavioral Consultation.
The goal of the review is to organize, integrate, and evaluate previous research (empirical, qualitative, and theoretical) to gain an understanding of the existing research and debates relevant to a particular topic or area of study and to present that knowledge in the form of a written report. Conducting a literature review helps you build your knowledge in your field.
Follow these guidelines.
Use APA style. Use headings for organizational purposes.
The structure of a literature review should include the following: Introduction (1 page)
In your introduction, accurately delineate the research topic. Provide an overview of the subject, issue, or theory under consideration, along with the objectives of the literature review.
Body (6 pages)
This section should present the relevant literature, ideas, and applications.
Please find as many pertinent references as you can. Do NOT use references prior to 2000
except to cite classical or seminal works.
Divide works under review into themes or categories.
Provide an explanation of how each work is similar and how it varies from the others.
As you review the literature, ask yourself questions like “So what?” and “What is compelling about what I have reflected upon?” and “What is missing in what I have read that should be noted?”
Refer to the following information for ways you can structure your review. https://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/literaturereview
Conclusion (2 pages)
Summarize the main points of your paper. Critique and draw appropriate conclusions.
Describe which pieces make the greatest contribution to the understanding and development of your area of research and why?