BMAL501 Literature Review: Final Submission FALL Latest 2015 October

Literature Review Instructions

The purpose of this research project is for you to
create a scholarly piece of graduate-level research and writing which conforms
to APA format. Competency in APA format is required of all Business graduates
of Liberty University, as set forth by policy of both the Graduate Faculty and
the administration.

You will
research and write a literature review on a topic relevant to our course. You
will have approximately 7 weeks to research and write the paper. By Module/week
2, your instructor will provide details regarding the approved topics for this
assignment. Please be sure to check the Announcement page and your email for
the approved topics. Simply select a topic and then begin working on the
project. Do not recycle any work from any previous courses you have
taken. Your research paper will be a comprehensive thematic review of the
scholarly literature related to your topic.

What is a Literature Review?
“A literature
review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and
sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time
period. It has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and
synthesis. The summary is a recap of the important information of the source;
the synthesis is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It
might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old
interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field,
including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review
may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on what is the most pertinent or
relevant.”.doc#_edn1″ title=””>[i]

How is a
literature review different from an academic research paper?
“While the main
focus of an academic research paper is to support your own argument, the focus
of a literature review is to summarize and synthesize the arguments and ideas
of others.”.doc#_edn2″ title=””>[ii]
The academic research paper also covers a range of sources, but it is usually a
select number of sources, because the emphasis is on the argument. Likewise, a
literature review can also have an “argument,” but it is not as
important as covering a number of sources. In short, an academic research paper
and a literature review contain some of the same elements. In fact, many
academic research papers will contain a literature review section. But it is
the aspect of the study (the argument or the sources) that is emphasized that
determines what type of document it is.

Why write
literature reviews?
“Literature
reviews provide you with a handy guide to a particular topic. If you have
limited time to conduct research, literature reviews can give you an overview
or act as a stepping stone. For professionals, they are useful reports that
keep them up to date with what is current in the field. For scholars, the depth
and breadth of the literature review emphasizes the credibility of the writer
in his or her field. Literature reviews also provide a solid background for a
research paper’s investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of the literature of the
field is essential to most research papers.”.doc#_edn3″ title=””>[iii]

What is the format for literature reviews?
“Just like most academic papers,
literature reviews also must contain at least three basic elements: an
introduction or background information section; the body of the review
containing the discussion of sources; and, finally, a conclusion and/or
recommendations section to end the paper.
·
Introduction: Gives a quick idea of the
topic of the literature review, such as the central theme or organizational
pattern.
·
Body: Contains your discussion of sources
and is organized thematically (see below for more information on each).
·
Conclusions/Recommendations: Discuss what
you have drawn from reviewing literature so far. Where might the discussion
proceed?”.doc#_edn4″ title=””>[iv]

What is a thematic literature review?
“A thematic
review would have subtopics based upon factors that relate to the theme or
issue.
Sometimes,
though, you might need to add additional sections that are necessary for your
study, but do not fit in the organizational strategy of the body. What other
sections you include in the body is up to you. Put in only what is necessary.
Here are a few other sections you might want to consider:
·
Current Situation: Information necessary to
understand the topic or focus of the literature review.
·
History: The chronological progression of the
field, the literature, or an idea that is necessary to understand the
literature review, if the body of the literature review is not already a
chronology.
·
Methods and/or Standards: The criteria
you used to select the sources in your literature review or the way in which
you present your information. For instance, you might explain that your review
includes only peer-reviewed articles and journals.
·
Questions for Further Research: What questions
about the field has the review sparked? How will you further your research as a
result of the review?”.doc#_edn5″ title=””>[v]

Important Points to Consider
The paper is to
be written in strict conformance to APA standards and must contain at least 10–12
pages of content (excluding the title page, abstract, and references) utilizing
at least 15 scholarly references.

The paper is to
be posted in the SafeAssign software area at the end of Module/Week 8. It is highly recommended that each student
download and read the instructions to avoid any stress created by issues that
are the result of waiting until the last minute.

A
SafeAssign draft check area will be provided for you to use to improve
your Originality Score prior to your final submission.

Three levels of
APA headings should be used throughout the paper as this is a graduate-level
research paper.

Some students do
not fully understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing.
Paraphrasing is when you take a source or someone else’s idea and say it in
your own words. When you paraphrase, you must still give the author’s name,
date, title of the source, the scholarly journal where it came from, and the
exact website address or book.

However, when
you directly quote a source, it must have quotation marks around the quote or
(if 40 words or more) it must be set in block quotation format. If you directly
quote anyone, you must set it in quotation marks or block quotation and give
detailed information of where you acquired the quote.

For the purpose
of this academic paper, please adhere to the follow rules when quoting or using
a source:
·
Do
not directly quote more than 120 words from any one source.
·
If
the source is 2,000 words or less, do not directly quote more than 50 words
from any one source.
·
Do
not use the same source more than a total of 3 times within the whole document
for quoting or paraphrasing.
·
Quotes
must contain the section (if provided) and paragraph or page numbers of the
quote and this information must be placed in the reference.
·
In
all instances, be sure to use the APA guidelines for citations and references.

The paper must
not be a series of quotations.

Please email
your instructor with any questions regarding the project.

.doc#_ednref1″ title=””>[i]
Literature Reviews (.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/literature_review.html”>http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/literature_review.html)
.doc#_ednref2″ title=””>[ii]
Ibid
.doc#_ednref3″ title=””>[iii]
Ibid
.doc#_ednref4″ title=””>[iv]
Ibid
.doc#_ednref5″ title=””>[v]
Ibid

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