For this assignment you will write a 5-7 page literature review, double spaced. This assignment is intended to be an introduction for you on writing literature reviews, something you may be requested to do for future classes (including your senior thesis project) and/or professional projects. You are going to write a small-scale or what is also called a selective literature review. Start this early in the week to give yourself plenty of time to create a well-written and polished literature review. This assignment is worth 250 points and is due Sunday at midnight. To prepare for this assignment, do the following prewriting and planning: Review the 6 sources cited in your annotated bibliography (NOTE: You are welcome to cite more sources, if you wish). Follow this outline for your review:
I. Introduction In the introduction you should:
A. define or identify the general topic, issue, or area of concern point out overall trends in what has already been published
B. establish your point of view for reviewing the literature [Include your research question!]
C. indicate the organization of the review
II. Body In the body you should:
A. group research studies and other relevant literature according to a common theme [for example, you may find prevailing theories and/or practices involved with your research; you can use these as thematic sections for the body of your literature review]
B. summarize each item of the literature appropriately according to its significance
C. compare and evaluate each item of the literature
D. provide topic sentences at the beginning of paragraphs and summary sentences at the end of sections to help the reader understand what the main issues are
III. Conclusion In the conclusion you should:
A. summarize the literature maintaining the focus presented in the introduction
B. evaluate the current”state of the art”[or state of the topic that represents your research question] [by] pointing out gaps in the literature, inconsistencies and issues that are important for future study
C. conclude by giving some insight into the relationship between your topic and a larger area of study or area of professional practice
The following elements are required for your literature review:
A. Your literature review must be 5-7 pages in length, double spaced (not including your references or works cited list), using a 12-point, Times New Roman font
B. Include a References list (APA format) at the end of your literature review
C. The References list should be on a separate page following the literature review
D. Refer to the style guide in the LBSU302 Libguide for how to incorporate in-text or parenthetical citations throughout the body of your literature review and for formatting the citations in your references or works cited list properly. Editing Your Literature Review and Getting Help with the Assignment Once you have completed a draft of your literature review, read it aloud, ask another person you trust to read it for clarity and consistency, and make the necessary edits to polish your draft into a well-written final version. Please remember that it is your responsibility to contact your instructor with any questions you may have about writing the literature review. Starting your assignment early in the week will allow enough time for your instructor to answer your questions. If you have a draft early, contact the Online Writing Community’s professional tutors for an “extra read.”
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