Sample Literature Review
Sample Literature Review
This is a literature review I wrote for Psychology 109 / Research Methods I. It
received an A. The assignment was to read a variety of assigned articles related to the
topic of food and mood, as well as several articles on the topic that we found on our own.
Then, we were to write a literature review in which we identified a theme from our
readings on the topic and crafted a thematically organized essay, drawing on the articles
we read. Unlike an annotated bibliography, in which the articles cited are presented in
chronological order without an overarching theme connecting them, a literature review
synthesizes the findings from multiple studies and has a thesis statement highlighting a
general theme of the research that emerges from the stud ies and will be discussed
throughout the review. Also, unlike a research report, a literature review is not organized
into discrete introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections. Its organization is
much more flexible, as it revolves around the themes being discussed from the literature.
I have annotated places in this pap er that highlight some key features of literature
reviews. I have omitted some sentences that contained mostly methodological details and
data from several of the sections. However, I have left the introduction and conclusion
completely intact to provide an example of the general structure and content of these
sections of a literature review. While the bold headings above each section are not
necessary in a literature review, they are included here to illustrate what each section is
addressing and the thematic organization of the paper.
PSYC 109 / Professor Falls
October 20, 2013
Emotional Eating: The Perpetual Cycle of Mood-Food Influence
It is no secret that obesity is a major health concern in the U.S., and stress and
other negative emotions may be contributing to the problem. There has been much
research on how the food we eat affects our physical health, but comparatively little
research on the relationship between our eating behavior and emotional states.
have found that there is some science behind the tendency to drown our sorrows in a pint
The title is concise and specific. It is not too long and states what will be discussed in
These introductory sentences explain why research on the topic is relevant and provides
a general statement of where current knowledge on the topic stands.
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