Describe the overall topic that you have been investigating, why it is important to the field, and why you are
interested in the topic.
Identify themes and trends in research questions, methodology, and findings. Give a “big picture” of the
•Study 1 (research questions, methods, findings)
•Study 2 (research questions, methods, findings)
•Study 3 (research questions, methods, findings)
•Theme 2 •…•
•What are the contributions of this literature to the field?
•What are the overall strengths?
•What are the overall weaknesses?
•What might be missing?
•What are some next steps for research? The next steps should explicitly address how to “correct” for
strengths, weaknesses, and gaps.