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a non-argumentative thesis

Literature Review Instructions


Prompt: In 1,000-1,200 words and using at least five scholarly sources, create a literature review of the scholarship around the topic of your research proposal.



1. A literature review requires two things: it summarizes the context of other scholars’ work related to your topic, and it mentions the research gap that you propose to fill.

2. You must use third person

3. Your grammar, spelling, and punctuation should be flawless. Visit the Liberty University writing centers if you want extra help:

4. APA formatting including a title page but not an abstract

5. Your title must include your areas of study.


Additional Suggestions:

1. It will be VERY tempting to argue for your point. If you are research tent-making missionary success in Peru, it will be VERY tempting to make the literature review an argument for why more missionaries need to go to Peru as tent-makers. Resist the temptation. Instead, identify contexts of your research and report on those without bias. In this case, you could find out what recent scholars have said about recent developments in Peru regarding missions, tent-making ministries, and missionary experiences in South America. Report on these to set a framework for the research you are proposing and mention the “gap” in scholarship that your research might fill—what part of the conversation is missing that you hope to provide?

2. Again, remain unbiased and do not argue a point. Only report on the state of scholarship regarding the context of your question and mention the research gap. That is what a literature review does. Thankfully, you do get to be creative in identifying relevant contexts and pulling important information from those.

3. You could focus your literature review around 3-5 key concepts, devoting 1-2 paragraphs to each.

4. At the end of your introduction paragraph, you can include a non-argumentative thesis statement that summarizes the general idea of what you found in your research, mentioning scholarship and the research gap.

5. Be sure to include introduction and conclusion paragraphs. Your body paragraphs should be unified and have strong controlling and concluding sentences.

6. Introduce your topic in your introduction and then let your main points deliver the results of what you found.

7. Refer to the textbook and journal articles for information on and examples of literature reviews.