Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Week 8 Literature Review

For this last week, which is week 8, you will put all of your work together in a 2-3 page literature review. This work will analyze the sources you have selected to best represent your research question. Please do not just recycle your old papers. While it is ok to specifically select citations and their corresponding passages, I would prefer you select new material more closely aligned with your new research abilities. 
You are able to re-use up to four of your previous citations, but I would encourage new information and paragraphs not just reusing your all your old assignments.

Not a research paper. Focus on the main articles in your field and how they assist your work.  2-3 page literature review, double spaced.
Short for a reason focused on the what has been done in the field, who is the top players are and what still needs to be done. (badke, 2011).
What is the best work for the topic or issue?
The condensed style should help you to focus answer your question and prove to me as the instructor reader how the articles assisted to answer your final paper.
6 sources required three of which are journals. You can use up to four of your previous articles.

Cover page  - Running head: AMERICAS WAR ON TERROR        

In the introduction you should:

a. define or identify the general topic, issue or area of concern
b. point out overall trends in what has already been published
c. establish your point of view for reviewing the literature [Include your research question!]
d. 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

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