Students who are writing theses may benefit from reading examples of thesis writing, which may help them in many ways. Because examples of theses help the student learn by inductive reasoning--that is, learning by drawing one's own conclusions based on the presence of compelling evidence--they may provide more immediately accessible, comprehensible information than style manuals and instructions alone. . . . .
Thesis samples are useful in a wide variety of situations for students who are trying to learn more about the task of writing a thesis. Students who would like to view thesis samples may find them through asking their major professors, checking with the help desk at the university library, or consulting academic writing resources such as those available online. . . . .
Students who are learning how to write literature reviews may benefit from consulting examples of literature reviews, which they may find on the Internet or through the university writing lab or library. Such examples of literature review writing may help students improve their understanding of the task in several ways. . . . .
Students who struggle with how to write literature reviews should first remember that the purpose of a literature review is to allow people to determine whether or not a work of literature is worth reading before they actually read it; therefore, the goal of a literature review is to analyze a work of literature fairly and accurately, providing a critique on its strengths and weaknesses. With that in mind, then, students who are learning how to write literature review papers should include the following four elements in their reviews: introduction, summary of the work of literature, analysis, and conclusion. . . . .
Because literature review writing can be very different from other types of writing, students may want to obtain a sample of literature review writing in order to aid in the development of their own reviews. Students should obtain such samples of literature reviews through several different sources, so that they may be aware of the broad range of review possibilities. Ideally, they should obtain samples of literature reviews from popular publications, such as Atlantic Monthly; from online academic resources or academic journals; and from sources at their universities, such as their professors or the writing lab. . . . .