is located on the "Ready Reference Shelves," behind the Reference Desk. Click on the tabs above for APA Format Examples (from Skyline Library), or click on the following links for more information.
All psychology papers must follow APA standards, unless otherwise specified.
Athabasca University courses usually provide a detailed description of the purpose, format, marking guidelines, etc., for writing assignments, and students can query the tutor if they require clarification.
I also provide links at the end of this guide to resources that you should use in order to search the literature and as you write your review.
In addition to using the step-by-step guide that I have provided below, I also recommend that you (a) locate examples of literature reviews in your field of study and skim over these to get a feel for what a literature review is and how these are written (I have also provided links to a couple of examples at the end of these guidelines (b) read over other guides to writing literature reviews so that you see different perspectives and approaches: Some examples are: Read through the links provided below on APA guidelines so that you become familiar with the common core elements of how to write in APA style: in particular, pay attention to general document guidelines (e.g.
an annotated bibliography in which you summarize briefly each article that you have reviewed.
While a summary of the what you have read is contained within the literature review, it goes well beyond merely summarizing professional literature.