Developing an Outline

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Developing an Outline

An outline of your themes essentially serves as the outline for your literature review. Establishing the structure of your outline enables you to develop a line of reasoning that justifies your research problem. Your themes may have sub-themes or sub-topics, which serve to break your high-level themes in more comprehensible and discrete ideas. There are various ways to outline or organize your literature review—it will depend on how you group the themes. You may want to also consider using a graphic organizer or concept map to help you map out and determine a structure of your themes.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review Chapter 8, “Synthesizing Literature Prior to Writing a Review” (pp. 73–80), in the Galvan text.
  • Review Chapter 5, “Prospectus” (pp. 40–41), in the Stadtlander text.
  • Review the following web resources:
    • “Writing a Paper: Outlining”
    • “Making an Outline”
    • “How to Make an Outline”

The Assignment:

Using just the background section of the prospectus outline in the Stadtlander text (pp. 40–41), create an outline of a possible literature review based on the topics you identified in Week 8 related to the 10 articles you previously critiqued in your Annotated Bibliography (in Weeks 6, 7, and 8).

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