For this literature review, it is important to show their knowledge about the research topic.
This literature review is different from an annotated bibliography, which is a listing of articles with descriptions. A critical review is not a string of summaries, it is a synthesized review. In other words, students do not simply write a short review of each research study, but tie the research studies together into a â€œstoryâ€ or â€œconversation.â€
This process requires some insight and interpretation, not evaluation. Keep in mind that personal opinions are not included in a literature review.
Report what is relevant to your study and ignore what is not. This means you need to read the abstract, the introduction and conclusion of your articles. And, for long articles, focus on the parts that relate to your topic.
**At the end of the literature review, you will also need to write a two-paragraph summary of what you have learned about the topic from the three articles. This includes critique and reflection about the â€œstory,â€ not the individual articles.**
Avoid long quotes in your review, and paraphrase whenever possible.
Maximum quotes = 2 short quotes (less than 40 words each).
Correct APA formatting is also required â€“ double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins all around, APA in-text citations and a reference page. Run spelling and grammar checks and double-check your APA formatting. Be sure to CITE your sources throughout the review.
This review must be a minimum of 1,500 words, including a title page, abstract, and reference page. APA formatted is required!
Short Literature Reviews will be graded according to the following criteria:
- Content and Development (Total points: 60)
- Paper adequately synthesizes the key ideas and conclusions from the three articles and puts them in conversation with one another: 60 Points
- Mechanics and Style (Total points: 40)
- APA rules of spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed: 30 Points
- Sentences are complete, clear, and concise, and the tone is appropriate to the content and assignment: 10 Points
100 points total