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There are different methods to organize and present the materials collected for the literature review.
The list below goes over different organizational frameworks that can be used to present the research conducted. If you are not sure what method to use, check with your professor.
Note: After choosing the organizational framework for the literature review, it should be easier to write because you should have a clear idea of what sections you need to include in the paper. For example, a chronological review will have subsections for each vital time period. A thematic review will have subtopics based upon factors that relate to the theme or issue.
In some cases the literature does not quite fit the framework you have chosen. In this case, you should determine where it makes sense to place the literature and confirm this choice with your professor.
Literature Review frameworks based on "Literature Reviews - The Writing Center," by The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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