Most disciplines require graduate students working towards a master’s or PhD to write and submit a paper on an original topic of their choice. The paper should emphasize a topic research area the student expects to do professional work in – and the paper is generally looked upon as a sort of jumping off point for that work. Paper writing is pretty hard and requires students to commit their time and energy over the course of several months. One of the most important parts of a paper is the literature review which covers the breath of printed works related to students’ chosen topics. The following are five things you must remember when writing the paper literature review.