Outlining Your Literature Review
While you do not have to identify every article or book ever published on the topic, you do need to read and review foundational and seminal works as well as contemporary studies to construct a sound literature review. Your sources should reflect sufficient breadth, relevance, and authority to inform your reader about pertinent previous research on the topic. Thus, a way to approach a literature review is to identify and review pertinent, published scholarly literature, moving from a broad perspective of the topic to a narrow perspective associated with your phenomenon, situation, or variables. Then, use those sources to create an outline of what you want to include in the literature review.
Creating a literature-review outline is this week’s Assignment. You will use the outline to write a full literature review in Week Six. The annotated bibliography you created in Scholarly Argument I will be a good tool to use to organize your thinking about the sources you want to include in the full literature review. Use the annotated bibliography as well as the additional resources you identified in the Week Two, Three, and Four Learning Activities to identify which sources will be included in the different parts of the literature-review outline, and to show you where you need to gather additional resources to flesh out the literature review.
If you did not complete Scholarly Argument I, begin by identifying at least five qualitative research studies, five quantitative research studies, and five institutional, organizational, or governmental agency sources that are relevant to your research topic. Include in your list the sources you identified in the Week Two, Three, and Four Learning Activities to determine which sources will be included in the different parts of the literature-review outline, and to show you where you need to gather additional resources to flesh out the literature review. These sources will form the basis of the literature review that you will write in your Week Six assignment.
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