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Research Paper Resources- APA Style: Literature Review

This guide provides links to library and web resources for outlining, formatting, and citing research papers using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style.

Preparing Your Literature Review

Below are some resources to help you organize your approach to preparing a literature review.

Types of Research Papers

Learn how to write five different types of research papers in APA Style, including empirical studies, literature reviews and meta-analyses, theoretical articles, methodological articles, and case studies.


© 2016 American Psychological Association.

Sample Literature Review paper resources

Gianoli: "Treatment for Comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorders: A Review of the Evidence and Future Recommendations"

This sample literature review examines the existing treatment options for patients diagnosed with both borderline personality disorder and an alcohol use disorder. The title page demonstrates the format for multiple authors affiliated with a single university. The paper features a two-level heading structure as well as tables that summarize the included studies.


© 2016 American Psychological Association.

Defining Your Topic

This tutorial from Evans Library's Conducting Research series discusses strategies to help clarify and narrow your topic of interest.

Literature Reviews: An Overview

Watch this tutorial from North Carolina State University (NCSU) to learn more on the literature review process.