Topic: annotated bibliography/literature review
The purpose of this research project is to create a scholarly piece of research and writing, which conforms to APA 6th ed. Manual format. Competency in the APA format
is required of all Business graduates.
You will research and write a Literature Review on the topic you researched for the Annotated Bibliography assignment in this course. You will have approximately 8
weeks to research and write the paper. Do not “recycle” any work from any previous courses you have taken. Your research paper will be a comprehensive thematic review
of the scholarly literature related to your topic.
What is a Literature Review?
A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time period.
It has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. The summary is a recap of the important information of the source; the synthesis is a re-
organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the
intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. Depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on
what is the most pertinent or relevant information. It further discusses the authors’ convergence and/or divergence on a topic or topics. It points out or discusses
the different ways researchers have treated the topic. Point out any connections between the sources especially where one source built upon prior study.
How is a Literature Review Different from an Academic Research Paper?
“While the main focus of an academic research paper is to support your own argument, the focus of a literature review is to summarize and synthesize the arguments and
ideas of others.” The academic research paper also covers a range of sources, but it is usually a select number of sources, because the emphasis is on the argument.
Likewise, a literature review can also have an “argument,” but it is not as important as covering a number of sources. In a literature review the emphasis is on the
sources not the argument. In short, an academic research paper and a literature review contain some of the same elements. In fact, many academic research papers will
contain a literature review section. But it is the aspect of the study (the argument or the sources) that is emphasized that determines what type of document it is.
Why Write Literature Reviews?
The purpose of a literature review is to help you explain how the question to be investigated fits into the larger picture and why you have approached the topic the
way you have. This section of a scholarly report allows the reader to be brought up to date regarding the state of research in the field and familiarizes him or her to
any contrasting perspectives and viewpoints on the topic. Literature reviews provide you with a handy guide to a particular topic. If you have limited time to conduct
research, literature reviews can give you an overview or act as a stepping stone. For professionals, they are useful reports that keep them up to date with what is
current in the field. For scholars, the depth and breadth of the literature review emphasizes the credibility of the writer in his or her field. Literature reviews
also provide a solid background for a research paper’s investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of the literature of the field is essential to most research papers.”
What is the Format for Literature Reviews?
“Just like most academic papers, literature reviews also must contain at least three basic elements: an introduction or background information section; the body of the
review containing the discussion of sources; and, finally, a conclusion and recommendations section to end the paper.
Introduction: Gives a quick idea of the topic of the literature review, such as the central theme or organizational pattern. One page or less.
Body: Contains your discussion of sources and is organized thematically (see below for more information on each). At least five pages
Conclusions and Recommendations: Discuss what you have drawn from reviewing literature so far. Where might the discussion proceed?” One-two pages.
What is a Thematic Literature Review?
“A thematic review would have subtopics based upon factors that relate to the theme or issue. Sometimes, though, you might need to add additional sections that are
necessary for your study, but do not fit in the organizational strategy of the body. What other sections you include in the body is up to you. Include only what is
necessary. Here are a few other sections you might want to consider:
Current Situation: Information necessary to understand the topic or focus of the literature review.
History: The chronological progression of the field, the literature, or an idea that is necessary to understand the literature review, if the body of the literature
review is not already a chronology.
Methods and/or Standards: The criteria you used to select the sources in your literature review or the way in which you present your information. For instance, you
might explain that your review includes only peer-reviewed articles and journals.
Questions for Further Research: What questions about the field has the review sparked? How will you further your research as a result of the review?”
Important Points to Consider
The paper is to be written in strict conformance to APA 6th ed. Manual standards, and contain at least five pages of content (excluding the title page, abstract, and
references pages) utilizing at least 10 scholarly references. It is highly recommended that each student download and read the instructions to avoid any stress created
by issues that are the result of waiting until the last minute. At least two levels of APA headings should be used throughout the paper. In all instances, be sure to
use the APA guidelines for citations and references. The paper must not be a series of quotations.
Your Originality Report
The Originality Score must be 10% or less for your final paper.
You are provided with a SafeAssign Draft submission area to check your Originality Score.
How to Submit Your Draft Paper
To submit your draft paper, click on the link “Literature Review Draft Submission” located after these instructions within this module. Follow SafeAssign’s
instructions carefully to submit your paper to your Instructor for your originality report. Do NOT submit your draft paper into the Final submission. You will only
have one opportunity to check your Originality Score based on your draft paper.
How to Submit Your Literature Review Final Paper
To submit your Final paper, click on the link “Literature Review Final Submission” located after these instructions within this module. Follow SafeAssign’s
instructions carefully to submit your paper to your Instructor for grading.
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