Posted: October 2nd, 2022
Small-Scale Literature Review Assignment
A literature review is a descriptive summary of other people’s research on a topic that has previously been studied. The purpose of a literature review is to inform (not persuade and not argue) readers of the significant knowledge and ideas that have been established on a topic. Its purpose is to compare, contrast and/or connect findings that were identified when reviewing researchers’ work without commenting on it yourself. Oftentimes, literature reviews are written to ground a study in a particular context of what is already known about a subject in order to establish a jumping off point for new research questions.
The purpose of this assignment is to allow you some practice synthesizing information from multiple texts by teaching you key tranisition phrases, introductory statements, and the use of paraphrase and summary. This practice will help you research a topic so you can learn to (1) identify and formulate an inquiry question that defines what you’d like to learn, (2) systhesize and analyze information found in academic journal articles, and (3) summarize what is already known and what is currently debated.
For this assignment you are asked to complete a small-scale literature review on an topic of your choice from within your intended major. You are asked to locate at least 3 academic journal articles on your topic and write a 3-4 page literature review (with full MLA citation and formatting) on the articles you’ve selected. This is not an annotated bibliography. You will be referencing all three articles throughout the review rather than dealing with them one at a time.
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