Writing an Outline for a Literature Review

The value of preparing the layout of their articles in advance is frequently overlooked by students. This is not a smart strategy.

Using a raw APA literature review outline (or other type outlines) would not only let you follow the proper layout, but will also ease the writing process and help ensure that without losing something, you have all the relevant material.

How to write an overview of a literature review: Every aspect of your literature review performs its own essential function, as you already know from the Structure portion of this document. Respectively, when bearing in mind the general introduction-body-conclusion framework and ensuring that each section achieves its own targets, you can build your outline.

It is important to note, though, that the outline of a literature review is somewhat different from the outlines of other types of essays because it does not contain new evidence. It draws on current research related to the key subject matter.

Lord of the Flies Chapter 2: Fire on the Mountain

The children discover their new homeland after the conference. They know, from the highest point, that it is an island. They find a pig on their journey back; Jack tries to kill it but does not dare.

Before the adults arrive to save them, the boys decide that they are going to have a nice time on the island. Flowers, vegetables, and the sea are visible.

The boys are joking and trying to persuade the youths that on the island there are no beasts. The boys determine that on the top of the mountain they will make a fire to prove that they are discovered by the rescue ship.

In order to burn the dried leaves and tree roots, they use Piggy’s glasses. They have difficulty burning it at first, then keeping it going, and then the fire spreads to the nearest trees. Jack finally takes the task of keeping the fire burning:

“Ralph, I’ll split up the choir–my hunters, that is–into groups, and we’ll be responsible for keeping the fire going” (Chapter 2).

Structure of a Literature Review

How to format a literature review: A literature review follows a traditional intro-body-conclusion style of 5 paragraphs total, like many other forms of scholarly prose. Now, let’s look in depth at each part of the framework of the basic literature review:


Start by introducing the general concept of your (Corruption, for example). Narrow the emphasis of your introduction into the MOP after the initial presentation by listing the parameters you used to choose the sources of literature you have picked. Finally, with the appearance of your MOP that can clearly connect it to all three literature references, the introduction will stop.


Usually, each segment of the body would concentrate on a single source of literature set out in the intro of the essay. Because each source has its own reference system for the MOP, it is important that the analysis is organized in the most logically coherent manner possible. This suggests that the text should be arranged either chronologically, thematically, or methodologically.


The next move is to present the meaning of the information in relation to our real environment today after discussing the information. In other words, how can the reader take the data and adapt it to the world of today? We’ll finish off with a breadcrumb trail from that stage.