- You must use a total of 11 sources. Nine of the 11 must be peer-reviewed articles, books or book chapters. The remaining two can be research reports, articles or statistics from other reputable sources. (Trade journals, government reports, non-profit organization reports or factsheets, etc. will count. Newspaper articles, magazine articles and websites will not). You will eventually need 15 peer-reviewed sources for your final paper in December, but you have some flexibility for the first submission.
- If you used the same sources for your research methods paper, you are not permitted to turn in the exact text you submitted for Research Methods about those sources. Be sure to rewrite it.
- Your review needs to have a Title page in APA format including:
- Your tentative project title
- Your name and affiliation
- A Running head
- Page numbers
- The review needs to be 6 full pages long.
- IF I explicitly asked you to re-write your justification paper, please ensure the revised/rewritten version accompanies this paper. In this case you will have 8 pages, not 6.
- This paper should be a discussion and synthesis (and not just a summary) of the literature.
- The source summaries/synthesis should be organized (look for my lit review lecture on how to organize) into three, themed subheadings. You may want to think of this as 3 sources per theme/category. But you may end up having 4 in one theme, 3 in one and 2 in the next.
- You will take a stab at connecting sources in one subheading to the other subheadings. (This is what a synthesis means. It’s not just a summary but comes to certain conclusions and makes comparisons between groups of studies). This means you’re trying to find broad themes across your sources to find trends on prior research.
- At least one full page must be devoted to a discussion of how your project will fit into the existing research. In other words, one page is on the “gap” you have found through your research into the topic and how you think you’re going to fit into the gap.
- The Title page and references page do not count toward the page requirement.
- All the sources reviewed must be relevant to your specific research question. In addition, make sure you review the existing literature thoroughly. If relevant scholarship exists, address it.
- Do not simply mention sources reviewed in previous scholarship and claim that you read them. If you cite a source, you should have accessed and read the source completely. Failure to meet this requirement (as evidenced by your comprehensive annotation of that source along with your insights, connections across sources, critique, etc.) will result in a zero on the paper and a required resubmission (for no change in the grade) within one week.
- You must cite your sources using APA in-text parenthetical citations.
- You must include a references page in APA format listing all of the sources you review.
- Do not use first person in this paper
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