Week 1 – Assignment: Define a Literature Review
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|Understanding the literature review is the foundation of academic inquiry (Xiao and Watson, 2017). The literature review grounds your topic of interest with academic historical research from previous authors. This is where the saying of ‘Stand on the shoulders of giants’ comes into your research. Standing on the shoulders of giants could be as far back as Socrates and his philosophies or Newton and his determination of the universe. Every area of study has giants or ‘thinkers’ that have come to be accepted as reliable sources to follow. In this assignment, you will delve into the sea of knowledge to uncover the complexity and understanding of reviewing the literature and developing your knowledge in writing. The assignment is to conduct your own research first with the resources provided, and then any additional research you add and determine the following: What is a literature review? Why is a certain type of literature used? What must you include in a literature review? How do you find the information for a literature review? Use the items above as headings in an APA formatted paper with a title page and reference page, plus a five pages of content. Length: 5 pages “ NOT INCLUDNG TITLE AND REF PAGES “ References: Include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources|
Understanding the Literature Review
This week, you will be introduced to the literature review and what it is. Understand why it is used and how it is relied on for valid information. There are numerous sources and websites that discuss a literature review. Besides the sources for this week’s work, you are encouraged to do your own additional web surf of the different information you will find about a literature review. Later in the class, you will learn to determine reliable sources and how to filter your sources for academic use.
This week begins the very broad search into the rigorous literature review. As you finish up the classes and begin your dissertation sections, you will be prepared for the rigorous learning of writing a dissertation. The assignment for this week is brief to prepare; however, the extensive research leading up to the assignment is rigorous. As a soon-to-be-expert in your field of study, you will want to take the time to conduct research to become an expert in your field.
Many sources you search will have different information. It will be up to you to determine how to synthesize the information and make sense of it in your own learning style. This will be a life-long skill that will benefit you in many areas of your life. For example, you do already have this skill for areas in life now. Take the example of buying a car and especially a used car. The many sources you can search will give you ample information about the types of cars available and how you can narrow down your search depending on the essentials you are looking for in the car. Perhaps, good gas mileage, the purpose of the car or trucks’ use, and all the other items you seek. This is a form of searching. Now, you will search in an academic format and for reliable, valid sources.
Be sure to review this week’s resources carefully. You are expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
Books and Resources for this Week
- Mitchell, K. M., & Clark, A. M. (n.d.). Five Steps to Writing More Engaging Qualitative Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 17(1).
- Snelson, C. L. (2016). Qualitative and Mixed Methods Social Media Research: A Review of the Literature. International Journal of Qualitative…
- Winchester, C. L., & Salji, M. (2016). Writing a literature review. Journal of Clinical Urology, 9(5), 308.