This assignment asks you to complete several steps in order to better acquaint yourself with the writing associated with your major. A literature review requires the writer to perform extensive research so as to provide context for the study they will later conduct. The review should summarize, evaluate, and synthesize, existing scholarship related to your research question. In doing so, the Literature Review will provide a theoretical base for your research and help you further determine the direction of your own study.
Purpose: The purpose of the literature review assignment is threefold: you will first determine what has already been studied related to your topic, next you will provide a foundation for your study, and finally you will explore the writing /communication expectations associated with your major.
By completing this work, you will further define your research interest and question, develop research skills, consider the writing conventions associated with your major, conduct analysis of journal articles, and synthesize scholarly sources into subtopics.
Literature Reviews require writers to explore the existing scholarship that has been completed relative to their research question/topic. Rather than using the literature as support for an argument you are making (like in a traditional “research” paper), you will instead work to summarize and synthesize the arguments of other writers without adding your opinion. Synthesizing sources requires you to intertwine academic texts by themes. In short, synthesis is an act of finding links and articulating the connections or deviations between various academic sources in order to make your point.
At the same time, Literature Reviews do follow some of the conventions of traditional academic papers, such as the inclusion of an introduction (Provides topic of the review and the organizational pattern of the body), a body (Provides your discussion of sources and is organized thematically), and a conclusion (Discusses what you have learned from completing this review about the writing/communication of your major and your research question. The conclusion will also articulate how you will proceed with your study).
● Determine three themes related to your research question;
● Draft an introduction, body, and conclusion;
● Organize your body by themes;
● Draft clear topic sentences for each paragraph and transitions between themes;
● Consider the order in which you sequence sources within each paragraph.
● MLA/APA Format (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins, and Times New Roman font);
● 500-750 words (3-4 pages).
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