Purpose: To compile a list of related academic journal articles about a selected research subject and to prepare summaries and evaluations of those articles.
Audience: A fellow researcher (beginner through advanced level) in your discipline who needs to quickly locate quality academic articles on the same research subject you have selected to explore.
- Build a cohesive collection of eight (8) or more academic articles about a selected subject for future research;
- Evaluate the articles, identifying their relative relevance and value for your future research;
- Continue to use APA style.
- Provide summaries for each source directly underneath it. In each summary, you should have the following information in this order:
- The research gap/article’s purpose: What do the authors claim is missing from current research and literature? Why are they writing this article? What do they want to examine, and why?
- The evidence: How do the authors go about achieving their purpose? Do they complete primary research (a case study, a survey, an interview, a large research project)? Do they use a particular theory? Do they simply review the literature throughout? We do not need every number here; we need to know the gist of their methods, the category of their research tasks.
- The conclusions/interpretation/argument: What do the authors think their evidence shows or proves, and why? What do they argue it means? How do the authors interpret their results? What reasons do they give for their interpretation of the results?
- The usefulness: How do you intend to use this source? Does it have any obvious flaws or gaps in its reasoning? What limitations does it admit to, if any? What part of the puzzle does it fit into in terms of your research?
- Write a three-paragraph introduction that contains the following information:
- Paragraph 1. Introduces your topic and describes your research objectives.
- Paragraph 2. Provides the scope of your research; that is, it generally discusses the sources or information you decided not to include in your list, usually because they were off-topic in some way (they discuss a region, demographic, topic, or theoretical approach that you aren’t focusing on). Knowing the scope of your topic and research is essential for staying focused and coherent as you go forward. This is why your sources must have as much in common as possible.
- Paragraph 3. Discusses the limitations regarding what exists in terms of scholarly writing on your topic. This paragraph provides a justification for the sources that did make your list. There may be some areas where little scholarship has been done. The work of certain scholars may be overrepresented; some of the articles might be older than you would like, and so on. Limitations of one kind or another exist for every research topic; being honest about them does not weaken your assignment. On the contrary, it demonstrates your awareness that admitting that one’s research is flawed is a sign of academic integrity.
Format: Alphabetize your sources. Use APA format, including headers, title page, proper margins, etc. This assignment does not have a references page; neither does it have a conclusion.
Length: 2,000 words, minimum, including the introduction, the citations, and the summaries.
This assignment is worth 20% of your grade.