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Writing a Literature Review in Social Sciences


  • Review notes
  • Draft an outline
  • Write a preliminary draft 
  • Streer clear of all types of plagiarism 
  • Compare your draft with your topic outline
  • Seek feedback from others
  • Edit and revise

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 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.

Plagiarism Checking Software

Setting Up Your Paper in APA 7th Style

Download and use the editable templates for student papers (from U of Wisconsin Whitewater) 
     APA 7th Template Document (in Microsoft Word) | APA 7th ed. Annotated Bibliography template 

Formatting a Manuscript

Check the assignment instructions, a style manual in your field, or the guideline from the journal you are familiar with. 

Watch this video to learn how to format your paper in APA 7 at Microsoft Word. 

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