AbstractThis resource includes a Word template for students to organize their research and thoughts in the process of developing a five-source mini-literature review. Students asked to write a literature review for the first time typically struggle to move beyond "book report" style writing and toward literature synthesis. The template builds on a chart developed...
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Usage NotesI have used this resource in the context of a 300-level research methods course focusing on research design and data collection and enrolling sociology, justice studies, and psychology majors. Students are asked to identify a topic, locate five scholarly sources (primarily peer reviewed journal articles) related to their topic after a library instruction...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will be able to articulate the themes or concepts shared in common across a body of scholarly literature and use these ideas to draft a competent mini-literature review.
- After completing the template included in this resource, students should be asked to draft a 2-3 page literature review. A rubric for evaluating literature review drafts is included.