Literature Review

The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University defines the Literature Review as:

The literature review, whether embedded in an introduction or standing as an independent section, is often one of the most difficult sections to compose in academic writing. A literature review requires the writer to perform extensive research on published work in one’s field in order to explain how one’s own work fits into the larger conversation regarding a particular topic. This task requires the writer to spend time reading, managing, and conveying information; the complexity of literature reviews can make this section one of the most challenging parts of writing about one’s research. This handout will provide some strategies for revising literature reviews.

Don’t forget to read over the Evaluating Sources of Information page.

These videos may also help to shed light on the purpose and process of the Literature Review:

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

Literature Reviews: Common Errors Made When Conducting a Literature Review

MLA Formatting Follow-up

The following videos are a follow-up to my other post “Everything You Never Wanted to Know About MLA Formatting.” This post is intended for students looking to setup an “MLA Formatting and Style Guide” or other type of formal academic writing assignment.

I also recommend watching the “MLA vidcast series” on the “Purdue OWL YouTube Channel.”

The videos included in this post are:

1) Setting Grammar Checker Options in Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 365

2) How to Make a Header and Footer in Word 2010, 2013, and 365

3) How to Insert and Remove a Page Break in Word

4) Setting Margins and Paragraph Alignment in 2010

5) How to Set a Paragraph Indent in Word 2010

6) Set a Hanging Indent for the Works Cited Page

7) How to Make a Header and Footer in Word 2010, 2013, 365

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Setting Grammar Checker Options in Word 2007” (2010)

“Advanced Grammar And Style Settings in Word 2013” (365)

See more videos here: Continue reading “MLA Formatting Follow-up”

“One Nation Under Contract: Outsourcing American Power”

Allison Stanger, author of “One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy,” speaking to Forum Network on WGBH News about the Outsourcing of the American Government.

One Nation Under Contract: Outsourcing American Power,” by WGBHForum