Connecting to Your Topic: Literature Review Matrix

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Activity

  1. Create a table in a Word or Excel doc or Google Doc or Spreadsheet. Include at least 5 rows and 5 columns. Use this table as an example (you may also COPY this table to your own document).
  2. At the top of the matrix, write your focused research topic, question, or thesis.
  3. In the far left column, list the main ideas you plan to cover in your literature review.
  4. In the columns to the right of each main idea, list authors and abbreviated names of sources you have found.
  5. As you read your sources, take notes associated with each sub-topic. Write the notes in the appropriate square in your matrix.
  6. Use this resource from NC State University to learn more about developing a literature review matrix.
  7. Share-out: In the comments thread, upload a document with your notes or provide a link to where you have posted your notes elsewhere (make sure they are posted publicly). At the bottom of the page, be sure to include full bibliographic citations of the sources from which you are taking notes.

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