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ANT 4155: Archaeology of the Southeastern U.S.

Literature Review

A literature review is an integrated analysis-- not just a summary-- of scholarly writings related directly to your research question. That is, it represents the literature that provides background information on your topic and shows a correspondence between those writings and your research question.

Lit reviews can be organized in several ways depending on how you want to present the information: chronological, thematic, or methodological.

For additional help and examples, see the UWF Libraries guide for writing a Literature Review.


As you read the literature, pay attention to the themes that emerge. 
Imagine that each theme is a bucket and every author/source can be put into a bucket.
Remember that a source can be put into more than one bucket.

Don't Do This!

Literature reviews DO NOT just summarize each source within the paper.

Do This Instead!

Integrate your sources!

Make the connections between articles and how they relate to one another and your topic.