Psychology literature review

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w Unit 6: Literature Review Submit Assignment Due Sunday by 11:59pm   Points 75   Submitting a file upload Introduction By now, you will have identified a topic relevant to social psychology, formulated a research question, and completed 6 written summaries of peer-reviewed studies on your topic. In this unit, you will bring all this information together to complete a literature review to address your target question. The purpose of a literature review is to express to your reader the knowledge and ideas that have been established on a topic. Your literature review should describe the strengths and weaknesses in the literature on the topic you have chosen. The literature review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research question). The literature review is NOT just a descriptive list of the material available, or a regurgitation of the summaries written in your research so far.  A literature review must do these things: ·         Be organized around and related directly to your research question ·         Synthesize  and organize results ·         Identify trends or findings ·         Identify areas of disagreement ·         Formulate questions that need further research Remember a literature review is: ·         NOT simply a listing of the article summaries You need to use your summaries to identify themes. Then, use these themes to organize a cohesive paper. View the following websites for more detailed information on writing literature reviews: ·         How to Write a Literature Review (Links to an external site.) ·         Writing a Psychology Literature Review (Links to an external site.) Before you begin You may want to familiarized yourself with the example paper provide. ·         Lit Review Student Example 1 ·         Lit Review Student Example 2 Use APA Style Your information must be organized, presented, and referenced using APA style. For information on APA style, see the following links: ·         APA Style (Links to an external site.) ·         Using APA Format (Links to an external site.) ·         OWL Lit Review Example Of particular interest, you will want to visit Landmarks Citation Machine (Links to an external site.) which is an automated site to help you convert your resources into correct APA citation and reference format. Writing Your Paper Now it is time to write your literature review utilizes a minimum of 6 empirical, peer-reviewed, research journal studies as the basis for the literature review. The Paper must be written in APA style. You can use the following outline a starting point for your literature review: ·         Title Page (required) ·         Abstract page (required) ·         Body of paper (10 full pages) ·         Introduce your research question o    start off by presenting your research question o    address why you chose the topic or why you find it interesting o    state the specific lines of research you will be discussing ·         Describe each study (or each line of research, depending on what makes sense), then compare them. ·         Compare studies. Determine which aspects of the studies are relevant. Point out strengths and weaknesses in the studies. Compare: o    multicultural implications, findings, relevance and/or significance o    research assumptions o    research theories tested o    hypotheses stated o    research designs used o    variables selected (independent and dependent) o    results obtained o    interpretation of results o    speculations about future studies ·         Evaluate the work done in the area you are researching based on your comparisons and state: o    strengths – supported with evidence o    weaknesses – supported with evidence o    what requires futher study ·         Summarize your findings o    summarize what is known and not known o    synthesize and summarize the findings of the studies and indicate how they answer your research question o    make recommendations suggest future studies o    specify how studies would contribute to the work already done ·         References (required) – Follow APA guidelines Due Date ·         Literature Review Paper (75 points): Due before 11:59 p.m., Sunday, CT.   Rubric Literature Review Unit 6 Literature Review Unit 6 Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAbstract 5.0 pts Complete – Includes proper heading: “Abstract” – centered, initial capital, not bolded, and not italicized Brief 150-250 word comprehensive summary of paper content that lists major topics discussed in paper Describes research question being investigated, results, conclusions, and implications Abstract does NOT include general opinions or broad intro to topic but lists specific areas addressed in paper and what results support Includes key words listing at end of abstract 4.0 pts Substantial – Violates one key requirement 3.0 pts Developing – Violates at least two key requirements. 1.0 pts Insubstantial – Only addresses minimal requirements 0.0 pts Not Complete – Demonstrates no understanding of requirements in this area 5.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction Criteria 5.0 pts Complete – Clearly explains research question being examined in paper Briefly discusses why research question is important – why research question has value, why student chose it, and general areas being examined – NOTE: only one para is needed for intro 4.0 pts Substantial – Violates one key requirement 3.0 pts Developing – Violates at least two key requirements. 1.0 pts Insubstantial – Only addresses minimal requirements 0.0 pts Not Complete – Demonstrates no understanding of requirements in this area 5.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummary 5.0 pts Complete – Synthesizes and analyzes findings of six research studies into broad, general conclusions explaining how findings support or fail to support research question, implications of findings, where additional research is needed. 4.0 pts Substantial – Substantial synthesis and analysis of how research studies addressed research question 3.0 pts Developing – Summary attempts to synthesize findings and explain how they addressed research question 1.0 pts Insubstantial – Summary includes minimal synthesis and evaluation of findings 0.0 pts Not complete – Summary includes no synthesis of findings and fails to address how studies addressed research question 5.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReference Page 5.0 pts Complete – Includes proper heading: “References” – centered, initial cap, not bolded, and not italicized All references are properly double-spaced, uses hanging indent Each reference contains proper information and is properly formatted (only first word of study title is capitalized, journal titles are italicized, etc.) 4.0 pts Substantial – Demonstrates high level of understanding of requirements with minimal errors 3.0 pts Developing – Demonstrates understanding of requirements with violations of some requirements 1.0 pts Insubstantial – Significant violations of requirements 0.0 pts Not complete – Demonstrates no understanding of requirements in this area 5.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization 10.0 pts Complete – Includes clear findings from each of the six peer-reviewed studies – Provides concise but sufficient detail – Only includes parts of study relevant to research question -Critiques strengths and weaknesses of study Provides logical flow connecting studies to each other and the research question Flow, connection, and relationship of how the findings address the research question is clear Flow and progression of information is logical and clear Clear, distinct, and easy-to-follow relatively brief, cohesive paragraphs not exceeding ¾ of typewritten page that contain focused topic 8.0 pts Substantial – Demonstrates substantial understanding of requirements for this area with minor discrepancies 5.0 pts Developing – Demonstrates understanding of requirements for this area with some errors 3.0 pts Insubstantial – Significant violations of the requirements for this area 0.0 pts Not Complete – Demonstrates no understanding of requirements for this area 10.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReferences 10.0 pts Complete – Six peer-reviewed journal studies Studies are relevant and clearly address research question Studies are substantive and provide useful content 8.0 pts Developing – High quality references with some discrepancies 5.0 pts Insubstantial – Significant violations of requirements for this area 3.0 pts Not Complete – Demonstrates no understanding of requirements for this area 0.0 pts Substantial – High quality references with minor discrepancies 10.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyle 15.0 pts Complete – Written primarily in third person. – Does not use 2nd person you/your. For example: “Feeling like your opinion matters is important” change to “People must believe their opinion is important.” – Minimizes use of 1st person I/we. For example: “We support our country” change to “Citizens typically support their country.” Does not use informal vernacular but uses professional writing style Does not use passive voice but uses active voice. Rather than “The survey was conducted…” write “The researchers conducted the survey…” No spelling errors No grammar errors No incomplete sentences Ensure agreement so not: “The results showed the child and their self-esteem…” but “The results showed the child and her self-esteem…” Avoided wordiness and redundancy, writing was precise and clear Proper use of punctuation In APA style by convention not: “ Red, white and blue are the colors of the American flag” but “Red, white, and blue are the colors of the American flag.” A comma is always used before the conjunction in a series. Did not begin sentence with a numeral 13.0 pts Substantial – Student demonstrates excellent style with minor errors 9.0 pts Developing – Student demonstrates effective style with some errors 5.0 pts Insubstantial – Students demonstrates many style errors 0.0 pts Not Complete – Demonstrates no understanding of style requirements 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Format 15.0 pts Complete – – All paper was double-spaced including abstract, References page, no extra spacing at top of page, bottom of page, end of paragraphs, after title, or for sub-headings – All pages (including title page), running heads, and References page used ONLY New Times Roman font 12 – All References on Reference page are cited in text with in-text citation properly listing author’s last name, date of publication, and for direct quote a page number. All references cited in text are listed on References page. – Every para in text that in some way draws upon information from an external reference, even if not directly quoted, has a proper citation in the para for that reference. Includes proper title page that only includes running head, page number, title of paper, author name, and school affiliation (NOTE: phrase “Running head:” only appears in front of running head on title page) Each page of paper including title page is properly numbered and includes running head Proper formatting is used for subheadings. For example, first-level subheading is centered, bolded, and first letter of each word capitalized All APA margins are ½ inch top, bottom, and sides of page First sentence of each para is indented ½ inch The period at the end of a sentence goes after the citation when a citation is included. Typically punctuation goes inside quotation marks For numbers typically 10 and above use numerals and less than 10 with clear exceptions (time, money,etc – see APA manual Ch 4) are spelled out 13.0 pts Substantial – Demonstrates excellent understanding of APA formatting standards with minor errors 8.0 pts Developing – Demonstrates good understanding of APA formatting standards with some errors 6.0 pts Insubstantial – Significant violations of APA formatting standards 0.0 pts Not complete – Demonstrated no understanding of APA formatting standards 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength 5.0 pts Complete – Based on use of New Times Roman font 12 and 1-inch margins, top, bottom, and sides, the paper will be about 10 pages of text not including title page, abstract, and References page. As a rule of thumb write about 300 words apiece for each of 6 journal studies, 150 words for introduction, and about 250 words for findings and summary. Significantly more or less than around 2400 words for total text will result in a deduction 4.0 pts Substantial – Paper somewhat shorter or longer than required length 3.0 pts Developing – Paper significantly shorter or longer than required length 1.0 pts Insubstantial – Paper extremely short 0.0 pts Not complete – Paper failed to address requirement 5.0 pts Total Points: 75.0

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