Q: Since we are already writing analytically in our interview write-ups, what should the remaining 1-4 pages of analysis consist of?
A: Those are an opportunity for reflective analysis: once you have completed the interview write-ups, wait a couple of days maybe, read them again. Do you draw any observations (conclusions perhaps) after doing all of this work? That is what you should save for the "extra" analysis pages. For some they will be conclusive. For others they may open up new questions. For some they may make connections they hadn't seen before, etc.
Q: This abstract looks perfect but they are charging me $40 for the article! It's so informative: can't I just use the abstract?
A: No, you can't use an abstract and pretend you've read the whole article. Plus, if it's "charging you $40," I bet you did not look in the library portal, did you? Because chances are Emory has paid a subscription fee to access that fine article. Use the databases in the Emory library! (Forget how? Have a librarian help you.)
1. How long should the review of lit be? A: 300+ words
2. How long should each annotated bib entry be? A: 2-4 sentences each, maybe a bit more: it's a short format.
Q: The library doesn't have the book I want: it's perfect for my topic!
A: Interlibrary borrow it!
Q: what if my topic is so unique that there are no secondary sources?
A: If indeed that is the case then simply search for topics related to your central topic. (Also, if that is the case, bravo, you may have hit on something very original.) Remember that you can use popular culture representations and other types of sources: movies, television, popular books, etc etc.
Q: After all that you've talked about it and after reading the examples, I'm still not sure: what the heck is a review of literature?
A: In this particular case, it is a one-page, engaging, conversational introduction to the sources and your topic, synthesized meaningfully. It goes beyond a mere list (she wrote this and also he wrote this) and develops logical connections between the sources.
This was a spring 2015 forum. We mostly used our Facebook group for discussion forum.