Literature Reviews

  1. Select two areas to review from the suggested topics or submit two of your own. 
  2. Submit literature review proposal to your advisor that describes what you intend to research and include a preliminary list of references. Your advisor will approve or assist you with your proposal. 
  3. Submit the literature reviews. Each completed paper must:
    • Be typed, double-spaced, in 12 point font
    • Contain a minimum of 1,500 words
    • Include a final list of references consulted. Use citation method required for Journey Level Guided Studies found under "Guided Study Guidelines" on website. They are listed below.
      1. Books: provide author, copyright date, title, publisher, and pages consulted. (For example: Smith, A. 2010. HoneyBees (fifth edition). Harvard University Press. Pages 43, 201โ€“211, 354.)
      2. Journal articles: provide author, year, title, journal name, volume, and page numbers, as well as pages consulted. (For example: Smith, A. 2011. A study of honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Science 5: 345โ€“351. Page 347.)
      3. Online Journal articles: provide the same as for the journal article, followed by the date of access and URL. (For example: Smith, A. 2011. A study of honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Science   5: 345โ€“351.   Page  347.   1 January 2011 <> .)
      4. Websites: provide the home URL, date consulted, and title and URL (s) of page(s) consulted. (For example: USDA Agricultural Research Service. <> 1 January 2011. Research/Morphometrics. <>.)

Suggested topics for literature review:

  • Important beekeepers or honey bee researchers in history
  • History of beekeeping (equipment, methods, etc.)
  • Varroa mites
  • Hygienic behavior
  • Pheromones
  • Keeping bees for pollination
  • Nutrition
  • Tropilaelaps:our next problem?
  • Queen productivity
  • Swarms
  • Native pollinators for commercial use
  • Propolis collection, properties, uses
  • Races of bees
  • The anatomy of the honey bee
  • Genetic control of colony traits
  • Honey bee pests and pathogens
  • Pesticides and honey bees
  • Honey composition, sources, and marketable forms
  • Pollen and pollination
  • Preparation and scoring of competition entries (judging of honey, wax, mead, products cooked using honey)
  • Innovation in beekeeping
  • Best IPM practices
  • Best environment for honey bees health (manmade vs. feral)
  • Alternative hives
  • The good and the bad of the epi pen
  • Is global warming affecting honey bees in the Pacific Northwest?
  • Other Category: Any other subject pertaining to honey bees (must be pre-approved by the advisory board)