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We have gone over several examples of literature reviews in class and you have hopefully read about them by now in Ch. 11 of your textbook. In other words, you should have a good idea of what a literature review is and does. In order to conduct a literature review, you first need to know what it is you will be reviewing; that is, your research topic or idea. Remember the first four steps of scientific reasoning. First, you need to identify a topic, then come with up a question related to that topic. The literature review is mainly seen in the third and fourth step. Once you come with a question, you gather information related to your research question or idea, and then formulate a hypothesis. The literature review process is a survey of all the previous research that has been done in relation to your topic. However, you do not merely summarize the research findings that others have reported. The purpose of a literature review is to set the stage for or contextualize your own research – a hypothesis you have that should be tested. In other words, you must provide a coherent rationale why your research question and hypothesis are worth addressing and how your idea fits into the existing literature. What has already been found? What unsolved problems are raised by the previous research? Are there any methodological flaws in previous research that need to be addressed? Have the studies been replicated? If you find any studies that go against your idea, you may want to critique it in your review – don’t just ignore it. Tell how your research will be better or overcome the flaws. Doing this can strengthen the rationale for conducting your research, which will be outlined in the research proposal you turn in later (the hypothetical study that will test your hypothesis). You should conclude the review with a statement of your hypothesis, or focused research question. Follow the structure of a literature review as presented in Ch. 11.2 in your textbook, when discussing the introduction section of an empirical research report. You will need to have a minimum of three empirical research reports and at least six references overall, which means you can use other literature reviews, books, edited chapters, etc. (i.e., secondary sources) as your other remaining sources, or utilize more empirical research reports. Depending on your topic, you may find yourself needing six references, ten, or even fifteen, but you do not need to conduct some exhaustive and extensive review at the graduate level. You’re just giving me the background information that will provide a context for a study you would conduct to test your hypothesis. All I am requiring of you is to write at least two pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-pt. font (which comes out to probably around 800-1,000 words or so). Your literature review will need to have a title and works cited (references) page, but no abstract is needed. The entire paper will need to be written in APA format.
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