literature review instructions

literature review instructions

Directions:The purpose of this assignment is to acquaint you with writing a literature review and assist you in developing your research skills.Students will evaluate the quality of the journal articles included in the annotated bibliography and expand the quantity of journal articles thereby developing the depth necessary to produce a scholarly literature review that can be integrated into your research project paper for this class.

Your evaluation will include a minimum of 7 references.The references can include internet journals, books, and peer-reviewed journals.This assignment is due the end of WEEK 9, and should include the following:

1. Introduction: Relevant to your research area, provide a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each of work (work = journal articles, books, internet references). The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic.

2. Components: Similar to primary research, development of the literature review requires four stages:

  • Problem formulation— what is the problem or field being examined and what are its component or relevant issues? An overview of the subject, issue or theory under consideration, along with the objectives of the literature review.
  • Literature search—finding materials relevant to the subject being explored. Dividing the works under review into two (2) categories (e.g. those in support of a particular position, those against, and those offering alternative theses entirely).
  • Evaluation—determining which literature makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the topic. Explanation of how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others.
  • Analysis and interpretation—discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature. Identify potential areas of future research. Discuss which literature provides the strongest argument, the most convincing opinion, and makes the greatest contribution to the understanding and development of their area of research.

In assessing each piece, consideration should be given to:

  • Provenance— Are the author’s arguments supported by evidence (e.g. primary historical material, case studies, narratives, statistics, recent scientific findings)?
  • Objectivity—Does the author’s perspective suggest an even-handed or prejudicial assessment? Is contrary data considered or is certain pertinent information ignored to prove the author’s point?
  • Persuasiveness—Which of the author’s thesis (argument) are most/least convincing?
  • Value—Are the author’s arguments and conclusions convincing? Does the work ultimately contribute in any significant way to an understanding of the subject?
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