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Writing a Literature Review in Social Sciences

Tips for Writing

Setting concrete daily goals for your writing project helps. Here are some examples of such goals*:

  • Write at least 200 words
  • Print the first draft I finished yesterday, read it, and revise it
  • Make a new list of project goals and write them on my whiteboard
  • Write the first three paragraphs of the general discussion
  • Add missing references and then reconcile the citations and references
  • Reread chapters 22 and 24 from Zinsser (201) to recharge my writing batteries
  • Finish the "Setting Goals" section that I started yesterday
  • Brainstorm and then make an outline for a new manuscript 

Source: Silvia, P. J. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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Setting Up Your Paper in APA Style

Microsoft Word has a template for APA (6th ed.) style report. 


Video Tutorials:

Sample Literature Review Papers

How to write a literature review

Formatting a Manuscript

PDF/Video Tutorials on:  

  • Inserting footnotes/endnotes 
  • Adjusting paragraph text and spacing
  • Inserting a Table of Contents using Styles
  • and so on..
    (all from Colorado State Univ.) 
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