Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: Writing Literature Reviews

Library resources to support assignments for Hubert Humphrey Fellows

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The Vanderbilt Writing Studio staff is available to help students master the skills of writing at any stage in the writing process. This may include anything from how to effectively incorporate the evidence you find through library research into your papers to how to create an outline or how to revise a paper. Like the Libraries, the Writing Studio is an important member of the academic support team on campus.

The Process

Writing a Literature Review

According to the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual, a literature review is "a critical evaluation of material that has already been published."  As one embarks on creating a literature review, it is important to note that the grouping of components within a literature review can be arranged according to the author's discretion.  However, it is important for the author to ensure the review reflects current APA publication standards.

This 10 minute video from NC State University Libraries provides a concise overview of literature reviews.