Below you will find the instructions on how to write a review of literature pap
 
Format:
10 pages doubled space
15 or more sources/references
APA citation
Must be a review of literature
Try to collect research that is most current, within the past 5 years or less.
 
 
 
Information on Writing a Review of Literature
What is a review of literature?
Let us start with what it is not – a review of literature is not a simple annotated bibliography where each peer review article is briefly summarized to form a cohesive collection. A review of literature may begin at an annotated bibliography, but it goes beyond. There are two broad purposes of a review of literature – 1) one is to make a case for a study that you have embarked on – provide a background for the hypothesis you are developing. 2) And the other is to provide a narrative comprising a synthesis or analysis of current research on a subject of your choice. A review of literature can also take two forms –qualitative and quantitative.
For this course, you will be required to complete a qualitative review of literature – providing a synthesis of the most current research on a topic of your choice in Women’s Health.
How does one conduct a review of literature?

  1. The first step in writing a review of literature is to find a topic in Women’s Health. For example, your goal for the review could be to describe the trends (and findings) of research in fibroids in African American women.
  2. Once your topic has been identified, you would at first, try to find as much peer-reviewed research on the topic. For example, if you were interested in describing the trends in research in cardiovascular disease among women in the U.S., you would begin by conducting a search in one of the college’s library databases, making sure you collect research that is most current, within the past 5 years or less.
  3. Once you have collected about 15 or so articles on your topic, I recommend that you categorize them by any method that makes sense to you. For example, on a review of literature on cardiovascular health in women of the U.S., I would put all the journal articles about the history of women’s cardiovascular research in one pile, the next pile would be about the current research, and the third pile would be about the most cutting edge technology in research, and so on.
  4. Next, read all the articles and write down what you believe are the main points (do not summarize the articles) of each article. Make notes and attach them to the articles. Once you have read every article, a big picture should emerge. This big picture becomes the heart of your review of literature – you have to share this “big picture” with the reader by telling him/her what you believe has occurred over the course of years regarding women’s cardiovascular health research (if this is your chosen topic).
  5. Before you get into the heart of your review of literature, I’d like you to define your boundaries – in other words, I’d like you to describe your parameters – what it is that you are researching and how far you intend to go with your research. You may decide to exclude some of the articles you have collected, you will have to define your inclusion criteria – why did you choose to exclude some articles – the most logical reason would be because they did not directly or even indirectly address your main topic.
  6. Your write-up about the big picture should heavily rely on the articles you have studied, and should be a synthesis of the articles. You should be able to use the articles to bolster claims you make about the topic.
  7. You may also critically analyze the research, describe what you believe were important bits of research and which weren’t, in your opinion.
  8. Identify relationships between the research – for example, if women’s cardiovascular research is your topic, identify how much research was about women’s stress coping and cardiovascular health.
  9. Finally, you should be able to sit back and think about gaps in the literature – things that you hoped you would see, but you didn’t, and speculate on why you didn’t see what you expected to see. Write your speculations down.
  10. Your paper should read like a cogent essay, with a beginning, middle and an end. Feel free to provide appropriate subheadings.

 
 
The Nitty Gritty:

  1. So, how many pages should this review of literature be? I would expect no less than fifteen (10) double-spaced pages, not including your references.
  2. How many resources (peer-reviewed journal articles) should you have? I expect you to have no fewer than twenty (15) articles.
  3. All the claims you make must be substantiated cited using APA citation format both in-text as well as your reference list.
  4. Should you have a cover sheet? Yes. Make it look like the cover sheet for this document (note the single-spacing for the cover sheet). Provide page numbers on the top right hand corner and a running head.
  5. What font should you use? Times New Roman, font size 12.
  6. This assignment is worth 50 points and is due on July 3. You will need to upload it in the appropriate drop box.

What Not To Do:

  1. Do not simply summarize your articles and lump them together.
  2. Do not use non peer-reviewed research. If you do not know what peer-reviewed research is, and how to find peer-reviewed journal articles, review the PowerPoint on the subject in this folder.
  3. Do not use Wikipedia as a resource.
  4. Do not use any other formatting style other than APA. For instructions on how to write an APA style paper, review the folder on APA style information.
  5. Do not plagiarize. For information on how not to plagiarize, review the folder on Plagiarism. Pay special attention to the information on how to summarize and paraphrase.
  6. Do not provide too many direct quotes. Direct quotes should be kept to the barest minimum (about 3-4 for the entire paper).

You will accrue the most points for:

  1. Faithfully following the prescribed format (APA style, font, cover sheet, etc.)
  2. Good writing – good transitions between sentences, paragraphs etc. Make sure your paper “flows” well, is proof-read, spell-checked.
  3. Your thesis (main goal) is well developed and clearly evident.

 
 
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