Assignment Helper – Literature Review

The Literature Review is intended to be critical exploration and evaluation of scholarly writings on a topic(in this case, your information community). In a formal research paper, the literature provides context and background for your own study and illustrates how your research will contribute to a particular area of study.This assignment meets the INFO 200’s learning goals #1-3, and will give you experience in writing in the style and format of a scholarly literature review

Getting Started

  • Set aside time for researching your information community. As you research, keep track of potential information sources and note keywords or other successful search strategies. This will make it easier to pick up where you left off in your research.
  • Keep track of your potential sources using your choice of citation manager. Keeping an ongoing APA-formatted bibliography is a tremendous time-saver and helps ensure you properly acknowledge research sources.
  • Visit INFO 200 LibGuide for additional research tips.
  • Review the assignment rubric and requirements.
  • Review sample assignments of Literature Review

Determining Appropriate Sources

The Literature Review assignment requires 10 – 12 secondary sources about the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of the information community you are researching.  A minimum of 8 sources must be scholarly, peer reviewed articles or books.  If you are unsure whether a publication is peer reviewed, visit

Professional or popular sources are acceptable for the remaining sources, yet all sources used must provide pertinent and useful data on the information behavior and needs of your focus community.

Consider these questions as overarching guides:

What themes of information behavior did you find in your deep dive of the literature? What type of information does your community seek? Where do they look? Where can they find it?

While many sources might be useful in the research process to develop your understanding of the topic, the Literature Review is best managed and accomplished through mindful selection of sources that best answer the aim of the assignment.

Additional Tips

  • Annotate your sources with notations that specifically answer the above questions or meet Literature Review criteria.
  • Check out the reference lists of the peer reviewed articles you’ve located in your subject area. This is a good place to identify who else has written on the topic.
  • As you use a source, copy it from your bibliographic list to the reference section of your paper so you include every source you cite within the body of your literature review.

Formatting Your Work

  • The Literature Review has four parts: Introduction, Review of Writings, Conclusion, and References.
  • The Review of Writings section can include subheadings that guide the reader through your review.
  • The literature review (excluding the reference list) should be a minimum of 2,000 words in length and no more than 2,500 maximum.
  • References should be in APA format; to include a hanging indent, in alphabetical order, and represent all sources referred to in the body of your literature review.
  • Be sure to include parenthetical reference for sources used within the body of the literature review. Your reference list should include only sources that you cite in your review.

Submitting Your Assignment

Submit your assignment by the deadline to Canvas (not your blog) by 5pm PT.  Late submissions will be reduced by 20% of the total points possible for this assignment. If an emergency arises and you need to request an extension, do so several days before the assignment is due.

Suggestions for submitting your assignment:

  • Spell and grammar check your document
  • Take a break from your document and come back later to proofread it (manually)
  • Ask a peer to proofread your document – offer to do the same for them
  • If you submit your assignment on Canvas prior to the due date and discover you have corrections to make, you can re-submit your assignment prior to the deadline.