Format of literature reviews vary among disciplines. Some reviews become a publication themselves. Other reviews become a preface to published primary research and theses and dissertations. Literature reviews are commonly required in grant and research proposals. Literature reviews critically analyze an aspect of a research topic through summary, comparison, and classification of prior publications.
Writing grant proposals is an involved process that requires background research, methodology design, budgeting, staff scheduling, and other organizational skills. The Office of Sponsored Programs offers regular workshops on grant writing and research administration.
A research proposal is a request for support (usually financial) of research or instruction. There are several departments and people on campus who can help you with your proposal. The Office of Sponsored Programs is the primary department charged with managing and supporting research proposals. They offer regular workshops on grant and proposal writing. You'll work with OSP throughout the proposal process. Your college librarian can assist with portions of your proposal.
College Librarians provide assistance with research, purchasing materials and access, classroom assignment design, information skills sessions, and distance education needs. Find their contact information on this page.
Academic research is is a multi-step process that doesn't always go in a straight line; you may find yourself returning to previous stages as you refine your topic. Steps include
We recommend you become familiar with the types of sources required for your research project: