Write a literature review of at least 2,500 words (not including title, abstract, and reference pages) that supports the topic and the research study
- Group information sources together according to their theme or point of view; start with general ideas and progress to specific conclusions, providing logical transitions between one theme and another.
- Synthesize and summarize information across sources, don't merely report on one source after another in a serial fashion.
- Identify trends and patterns across the sources, as well as similarities and differences in the findings or conclusions of the sources; note inconsistencies in the studies you found.
- Point out studies that are of notable importance or relevance to the understanding of your topic.
- Identify study methodologies, populations included in research studies, and strengths and weaknesses of various sources.
- Discuss how the literature addresses your research topic and how it supports the need for a study that would answer your research question.
- Focus the review on sources that are relevant and directly related to your topic of interest and avoid sources that are only peripherally related to your topic.
- Use contemporary sources (those published within the past 5 to 10 years), and include older sources when those sources are necessary to develop an understanding of the topic; identify seminal or foundational studies as such.
- Make clear and concise conclusions about the topic and the relevance of a study to answer your research question, based on the content of the literature review.
- Cite sources within the literature review and in the reference list, following APA guidelines.
Incorporate at least 20 different sources into your literature review, including articles from academic and professional journals and information from institutional, organizational, and governmental agency sources. Include title, abstract, and reference pages in your paper.