Literature Review Assignment
a brief paper in which you review literature related to your problem question.
The paper is designed to develop an argument that justifies completing
new research on the problem question you have selected.
Let the paper take the following form:
justify selection of this topic in the study of communication and
overview the remaining points of the paper.
Problem: State the problem and provide any necessary context to understand it.
Theoretic Expectations: describe what is conceptually expected with the chief variables(s) involved
and (if possible) review how any relevant theory may explain these effects.
Review Literature: examine research literature for each variable you have selected (either separately
or together, depending on the nature of past research) by including these elements):
a. identification of variable to be reviewed;
b. summary of relevant research findings on the variable and appropriate criticism of research on
the variables (designed to help you justify the completion of new research on the topic);
c. assessment of relevant material that remains unknown about the topic (demonstrating a gap in
knowledge that invites the new research suggested by the problem question).
Future Research Priorities: indicate what research should be completed; identify the specific reasons
new research is invited.
Conclusion: summary of paper and bottom line statement of the notion suggested in it.
Write the paper very well. Work from an outline. Turn in two copies. Staple this form to the front of one copy. Use the APA form and cite everything you use. Your paper will be evaluated on the criteria in the following check sheet (minus four and a half points for each criterion not fulfilled).
paragraph began by justifying importance of topic to field
___Introductory paragraph ended by specifically previewing paper main points
___Introductory paragraph cited at least two scholarly sources in field
___Introduction featured no writing inconsistent with the "A Guide to Writing and Usage" found on
the textbook website
___Problem stated in direct and obvious language
___Problem statement satisfied all requirements for a worthwhile problem statement
___Problem statement paragraph featured no writing inconsistent with the "A Guide to Writing and
___Discussion of theoretic expectations included conceptual expectations
___Discussion of theoretic expectations included consideration of relevant theory to explain the role of
the chief variable(s) in the research
___Discussion of theoretic expectations included no writing inconsistent with the "A Guide to Writing
___Variable to be reviewed isolated in clear and direct language
___Literature reviewed research by grouping research to build common argument(s) in a summary
narrative consistent with those found in the textbook and webpage (not a mini "book report"
___Literature review summarized what relevant information is known about variables
___Main review included no writing inconsistent with the "A Guide to Writing and Usage"
___Consideration of future research discussion summarized what relevant information remains to be
known about variables reviewed
___Consideration of future research discussion clearly argued why new research is invited by specific
and explicit identification of the gap(s) in knowledge that invite the new research suggested by the
___Consideration of future research discussion included no writing inconsistent with "A Guide to
Writing and Usage"
___Concluding paragraph began with a summary of the points in the paper
___Concluding paragraph ended with a single bottom line statement of the notion found in the paper
___Concluding paragraph featured no writing inconsistent with style sheets
___References in proper form