Basic Requirements: 3,000-3,500 words; 10 academic sources (can be from books or journals); APA

Basic Requirements: 3,000-3,500 words; 10 academic sources (can be from books or journals); APA format
Purpose: In assignment 1, you closely analyzed several research papers in your discipline in order to understand how they are composed. In the next assignment, we will actually put that knowledge to use. This assignment is intended to give you practice summarizing, synthesizing, and evaluating published scholarly research on an unsettled research question, issue, or debate in your field. You will practice using the features you discovered in your analysis to distinguish yourself as a credible member of this specific research community.
Directions: 
Step 1: Choose an unsettled issue
To find these unsettled questions, issues, and/or debates, flip through recent issues of several academic journals in your field. Is there a topic that keeps appearing? Does there seem to be disagreements on certain issues? Choose a topic that is narrow enough that you are not overwhelmed with sources. You may think you are starting with a very specific topic, but as you search for articles, you find there is much more there than you can manage. This happens often. If this happens to you, think about how you can narrow the topic further by identifying common themes in the larger body of research. 
Step 2: Research the issue
Once you have settled on a topic, see what other research you can find on the topic. Try to focus on research that has been published in the past two years. Carefully read that research. Look at their References pages and find the sources they used, too. Read some more. You may find that the same articles or researchers are referenced again and again. This should tell you it is significant. You may move back and forth between steps 1 and 2 before you settle on a topic for your paper. This is a common practice among many researchers.
Step 3: Write
Introduce and provide a rationale for your topic. Why is it important to the field? What do you see as significant limitations or gaps in the current research, and what do you think should happen to resovle those gaps?
Synthesis of current research. Do not merely summarize each article in turn, but draw connections among the research and show how it all fits together. You may choose to organize your paper by subtopics using subheadings.
Critique the research that you summarize by pointing to gaps, limitations, and new questions. Describe what type of research you think is needed in the future. What do we need to know to address the gaps, limitations, and shortcomings you address in your critique?

Literature Review Final
Literature Review Final
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUnderstanding Context and Purpose
Demonstrates understanding of sources’ arguments and reasoning. Includes adequate and accurate summary of each source. Draws a connection to a broader significance (e.g. answers “So what?”). Includes required number and type of sources.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUnderstanding and Analyzing Arguments
Demonstrates understanding of sources’ arguments and reasoning. Includes adequate and accurate summary of each source.
8 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEvaluate Sources and Evidence
Evaluates credibility of sources beyond topical attribution (e.g. does not simply state “A professor at Harvard argues…”) and gives attention to each source’s reasoning, evidence, and research method (where applicable).
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUnderstanding and Analyzing Perspectives
Includes a range of sources in terms of their research methods, conclusions, or origin (i.e., sources do not all make similar arguments, use similar methods, or come from the same author or journal).
8 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeApply Conventions: APA Style
Follows proper APA guidelines in formatting and citation style.
2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeApply Conventions: Grammar
Paper is free of distracting grammatical or typographic errors.
2 pts
Total Points: 30