A Literature Review is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one uses to research a topic. A literature review is a scholarly paper, which includes the current knowledge including substantive findings, as well as theoretical and methodological contributions to a particular topic. A literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The goal is to find the latest research related to your topic. In order to achieve this, you will be collecting different sources that will help you answer your research question.
Because your literature review is quite extensive, it is divided into smaller, manageable parts/ steps.
Find your topic and write a topic proposal. See instructions. Start by looking at the approved topics on Canvas.
Collect your 10 sources through extensive research. These 10 sources must be academic in nature and from an academic search engine such as PsycINFO. Videos, books, magazines, etc, are extra (above the 10 peer reviewed articles).
Write your ten “references” in a sheet and do a mini conference. See Instructions.
Outline your literature review according to APA standards. See instructions.
Write your literature review and do multiple peer reviewed drafts.
Submit the final draft on canvas on the due date
Minimum Criteria for acceptance and grading:
10 academic sources
2000 (minimum) – 2500 words (8- 10 pages)
Submitted on canvas
Warning: An incomplete literature review is one that fails the above criteria. It is your responsibility to make sure it meets the above criteria. You are given a substantial amount of time to collect your data. Also, this project goes through an intensive peer review process (including mini conferences with me), therefore, any paper that does not meet minimum criteria will suffer grade penalties (see rubric on Canvas).
Other useful information:
Formulate your research question. Your question will determine the style of your paper.
Find 10 resources (department minimum) related to your topic. We will cover types of sources in class.
TNR 12, double-spaced, indented paragraphs (body).
Once you commit to a topic, you cannot change it. So choose to research something you find interesting and like.
Look for reliable, valid sources (We will discuss this in class)
On the last page, include an APA “References” page.
If you choose to work as a group, there will be one literature review per group.
See calendar/ canvas for all-important dates, especially the mini conference dates and sign up dates.
A piece of advice:
Do not wait until the last minute to find your ten articles and rush this project. As soon as you have chosen your topic, start collecting your articles. Not only this will get you ideas to write your essay, it will also allow you to make any necessary changes you need to make. My best suggestion is to start doing your research. I can always help you and give you feedback along the way if you are not sure about your sources. Again, do not wait until the last minute.
Literature Review RubricNotes: There will be a grade penalty for each the minimum criteria missing. See criteria below.At each of the eight score points for on-topic papers, descriptors of writing performance are lettered so that: a = response to the research question (topic )b = Background/ foundation c = quality and clarity of thought d = organization, development, and support e = syntax and command of language f = grammar, usage, and mechanics g= number of APA errorsh=number of scholarly (peer reviewed) articlesi= number of wordsAn A Essay: Superior – (90-100 points)An A essay is superior writing, but may have minor flaws. A typical essay in this category: a. addresses the research (question) and responds effectively to all aspects of the task b. demonstrates a thorough critical understanding of the taskc. explores the issues thoughtfully and in depth d. is coherently organized, with ideas supported by apt reasons and well-chosen examples and researche. has an effective, fluent style marked by syntactic variety and a clear command of language f. is generally free from errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics g. has less than 10 errors in APAh. between 9 – 10 or more peer reviewed articlesi. between 1800 – 2000 words (or more)B Essay: Strong – (80-89 points)A B essay demonstrates clear competence in writing. It may have some errors, but they are not serious enough to distract or confuse the reader.
Adapted from Copyright © 2012 by Educational Testing Service A typical essay in this category: a. addresses the research clearly, but may respond to some aspects of the task more effectively than others b. demonstrates a sound critical understanding of the task in developing a well-reasoned response c. shows some depth and complexity of thought d. is well-organized and developed with ideas supported by appropriate reasons, examples and researche. displays some syntactic variety and facility in the use of language f. may have a few errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics g. has 11- 20 errors in APAh. contains 8 peer reviewed articlesi. between 1600-1800 C Essay: Adequate (73-79 points)* – A “C-“ is not a passing grade.A C essay demonstrates adequate writing. It may have some errors that distract the reader, but they do not significantly obscure meaning. A typical essay in this category: a. addresses the research, but may slight some aspects of the task b. demonstrates a generally accurate understanding of the task in developing a sensible essay c. may treat the topic simplistically or repetitively d. is adequately organized and developed, generally supporting ideas with research e. demonstrates adequate use of syntax and language f. may have some errors, but generally demonstrates control of grammar, usage, and mechanicsg. has 20 -27 errors in APAh. contains 7 peer reviewed articlesi. between 1400-1600 wordsD Essay: Very Weak (60-73 points)A D essay is seriously flawed. A typical essay in this category reveals one or more of the following weaknesses: a. indicates confusion about the topic or neglects important aspects of the task b. demonstrates very poor understanding of the research and the required task
Adapted from Copyright © 2012 by Educational Testing Service c. lacks focus and coherence, and often fails to communicate its ideas d. has very weak organization and development, providing simplistic generalizations without support e. has inadequate control of syntax and vocabulary f. is marred by numerous errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics that frequently interfere with meaning g. has 28-40 errors in APAh. contains 6 peer reviewed articlesi. Between 1200 – 1400 wordsF essay: Incompetent (below 60 points)An F essay demonstrates fundamental deficiencies in writing skills. A typical essay in this category reveals one or more of the following weaknesses: a. suggests an inability to comprehend the research question or to respond meaningfully to the topic b. demonstrates little or no ability to understand the required task c. is unfocused, illogical, or incoherent d. is disorganized and undeveloped, providing little or no relevant support e. lacks basic control of syntax and vocabulary f. has serious and persistent errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics that severely interfere with meaning g. has more than 40 errors in APAh. contains 5 or less peer reviewed articlesi. has less than 1200 words.
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