Discussion Post: Literature Review Step I
For this Discussion, you will practice the skill of identifying and summarizing information from scholarly resources.
To prepare for this Discussion, identify a minimum of four articles related to the case study. These articles should be in addition to those noted in the Further Reading List for the case study. If you have not already done so, download the Research Article Organizer from the Toolkit to your computer. This tool will guide you in identifying key elements of research articles as well as key information. Apply the tool to each of the four articles you found in order to identify key elements of and information in each article.
Post 2 to 3 paragraph reflective evaluation of your experience with the tool. Evaluate the extent to which tool benefited you in organizing and summarizing information. Include what modifications you made (or could make) to the tool to make it more useful to you. Explain why these modifications are beneficial.
Homework: Literature Review Step II
Completing a literature review requires higher order and critical thinking skills. In a literature review, you extract themes and key information, and synthesize them to illustrate your point. In Discussion 2, you selected four articles about a topic, you then organized the information about the four articles by identifying and summarizing them. In essence, you completed the first step of a mini literature review. In this Homework, you complete the next step of a mini literature review by critically analyzing the information you have gathered.
In Discussion, you answered the question: What information is available on the issue and what does it say? In this Homework, you want to answer questions such as: What themes can I identify? How does this information relate to the issue I am exploring? What information is most important, and why? What problem(s) related to the issue the authors address? What problems still need to be addressed?
Submit 4 to 5 pages literature review based on the four articles you collected. Be sure your literature review reflects the questions posed in the opening paragraphs of this Homework.
Format your homework according to the give formatting requirements:
1. The answer must be double spaced, typed, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
2. The response also includes a cover page containing the title of the homework, the course title, the student's name, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
3. Also include a reference page. The references and Citations should follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.