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Information Resources for AOE Students: Literature Reviews

The purpose of this guide is to introduce CPS students to navigation of Lightner Library resources and to provide research tutorials.

What is a Literature Review?

The following definition is quoted from the University of North Carolina Writing Center's Handout on Literature Reviews.

A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time period.

A literature review can be just a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. A summary is a recap of the important information of the source, but a synthesis is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant.

Check out the links below to learn how to conduct a literature review. 

Literature Reviews: An Overview

This video from North Carolina State University explains how to write a Literature Review in good detail, and will help you when you are just getting started writing your Literature Review.

AOE Writing Help

Writing Help

The Writing Center is a great support service for students, which can help you improve your writing skills. You can also check out their pages on KC Portal and Facebook

They have provided the AOE Writing Style Guide, a fantastic resource to help you with all aspects of your writing that you will need in order to complete your program. The Style Guide includes sections on APA citation, grammar, punctuation, thesis statements, transitions, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and much more.

To get feedback on your writing, you can e-mail your paper to the Writing Center at

Your corrected paper will be returned via e-mail usually within 24 hours during the week. However, you will need to allow 48 hours on the weekend, since they are not open during the weekend.

You can call the Writing Center at this number: 315-279-5108

If you would like to visit the Writing Center in person, it is best to make an appointment first. You can do so by visiting their website

For a quick check-over of your APA format and citations, you can also email your paper to the AOE Librarian, April Higgins at

AOE Librarian

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April Higgins
(315) 279-5411