Literature Review Guidelines

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Literature Review     

 

Length:          Paper: 9 – 12 double-spaced pages (excluding title page, abstract, TOC and References)

Due:              Week 7 by Sunday Midnight

Value:            350 Points for 35% of the grade 

Post:              Week 7 Assignments 

 

 

Literature Review Guidelines

Prepare and submit through Turnitin, a 9 – 12 page literature review; page count is for content only and does not include the required title page, abstract, Table of Contents (TOC) or References.  The content of the Literature Review should include the following components:

  • Introduction: In 1 – 2 pages*, briefly describe the issue providing appropriate background information and discuss why researching this issue is important
  • Research Purpose and Questions: In 1 – 2 pages*, clearly and concisely state the purpose of the research and the 2 – 3 specific research questions to be answered
  • Literature Review: In 6 – 8 pages*, analyze and synthesize 15 or more scholarly sources including 5 research studies to comprehensively examine the issue and answer your research questions
  • Conclusions: In 2 – 3 pages*, draw valid conclusions supported by findings in the literature.

 

(*The page count for the sections of the literature review are guidelines not absolute requirements; content of Literature Review should total 9 – 12 pages)

 

  Evaluation Criteria for Literature Review

 

   
Paper

Elements

Exemplary 

 

Proficient Developing Emerging
Introduction,

Research

Purpose and

Questions

 

 

60 – 54

Clearly describes the research issue, and states the research purpose. Clearly and concisely identifies 2 – 3 specific research questions which can be researched to result in specific conclusions that address the research issue. The importance and value of the project is evident

53 – 47

Fairly clearly describes the research issue, and states the research purpose. Identifies 2 – 3 specific research questions which can be researched to result in conclusions that address the research issue. The importance and value of the project is clear.

46 – 39

Somewhat clearly describes the research issue, and states research purpose. Identifies 2 – 3 general research questions which can be researched and may result in some conclusions that address the research issue. The importance and value of the project is somewhat clear.

38 – 0

Limited and/or confusing description of the research issue and/or purpose. Research questions are not succinct, overlapping, and/or may not result in conclusions that address the research issue. The importance and value of the project may not be clear.

Literature

Review

90 – 81

Clearly and concisely defines key terms and effectively integrates 15 or more scholarly sources to comprehensively answer research questions. Examines

appropriate theories, and compares and contrasts research

80 – 71

Fairly clearly defines key terms and fairly effectively integrates 15 mostly scholarly sources to answer research questions. Examines most appropriate theories, and compares and contrasts research studies.   

70 – 61

Somewhat clearly defines key terms and somewhat effectively uses 12 – 15 sources to answer research questions; some sources may not be scholarly. Some examination of theories with some comparison of

60 – 0

Limited or confusing definition of key terms; may not integrate sources to answer research questions. Limited if any examination of theories, and/or does not compares and contrasts research studies.   

  studies.      research studies.     
Conclusions 60 – 54

Objectively analyzes and synthesizes research to draw valid conclusions supported by findings in the literature.  Analyses are comprehensive and in-depth examination of the research issue.

53 – 47

Fairly objectively analyzes and synthesizes research to draw valid conclusions supported by findings in the literature.

46 – 39

Somewhat analyzes and synthesizes research.

Conclusions may be general and/or have only come support in the findings of the literature.

38 – 0

Limited if any analysis and synthesis of research.  Limited if any conclusions drawn based on the findings of the literature.

Critical Analysis 50 – 46

Consistently employs critical analysis  to research and analyze the issue; effectively synthesizes data to draw strong conclusions

45 – 41

Often employs

critical analysis to research and analyze the issue; synthesizes data to draw reasonable conclusions

40 – 36

Somewhat employs

critical analysis to research and analyze the issue; somewhat analyzes the data to draw conclusions

35 – 0

Limited use of critical analysis to research and analyze the issue; limited if any analysis or synthesis of data to draw conclusions

Sources

 

40 – 36

Uses 15 or more scholarly sources including 10 or more peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 or more research studies to examine the issue and answer research questions.  Accurately adheres toAPA standards; reference page and citations are correct.

35 – 31

Uses 15 mostly scholarly sources including 9 or more peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 or more research studies to examine the issue and answer research questions.  APA standards are followed with a few minor (1 – 3) errors.

30 – 26

Uses 12 – 15 sources although 2 – 4 may not be scholarly; includes 2 – 3 research studies to examine the issue and answer research questions.  APA standards are followed but with numerous (4 – 10) errors.

25 – 0

Uses less than 12 sources with several not being scholarly; includes 0 – 2 research studies to examine the issue and answer research questions.  Limited adherence to APA standards

Writing

Mechanics

 

50 – 46

The paper is logical and well-written; spelling, grammar and punctuation are accurate. Paper is the required length of 9 – 12 pages of content, and includes correctly prepared title page, abstract, TOC,  and

References

45 – 41

The paper is fairly logical and wellwritten but with minor errors (1 – 3) in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation. The literature review may be 10% longer or shorter than the required length. The paper includes title page, abstract, TOC, and References that are fairly accurately prepared.

40 – 36 The paper is somewhat logical but with some errors (4 –

10) in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation. The literature review may be 15% too long or short, and may not include all components (such as title page, abstract and TOC) and/or incorrectly prepared ones.

35 – 0

The paper lacks clarity and may be confusing with numerous (11+) errors in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation. The literature review may be 20% too long or short, and does not include all components (such as title page, abstract and TOC) and/or incorrectly prepared ones.

 

 

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