Literature Review Instructions
You will research and write a literature review on the topic of doctoral
persistence of students in business programs. Your Literature Review
will be a comprehensive thematic review of the scholarly literature related to the
topic and will lay the foundation for the qualitative research design,
interviews, and data analysis assignments.
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.
A literature review can be just a
simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and
combines both summary and synthesis. A summary is a recap of the important
information of the source, but a 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 the most pertinent or relevant” (The Writing Center, para. 2).
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?” (The Writing Center,
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?” (The
Writing Center, para. 14).
Please see the instructions for each part
Literature Review: Draft Submission Assignment
After you complete your Literature Review:
Final Submission Assignment, you should submit your assignment to the Literature
Review: Draft Submission Assignment to check your Turnitin report and make
any adjustments prior to your final submission. After reviewing your Turnitin
results, make any edits necessary to your Literature Review: Final Submission
Assignment prior to submitting for a grade.
Literature Review: Final Submission Assignment
Points to Consider: The
paper is to be written in strict conformance to current APA standards, contain 9
pages of content (excluding the title page, abstract, and reference page),
and use at least 12 peer-reviewed references.
It is highly recommended that each student
download and read the assignment instructions to avoid any stress created by
issues that are the result of waiting until the last minute.
Three current APA headings should be used
throughout the paper, as this is a doctoral-level Literature Review.
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. Give detailed information of where you acquired
For the purpose of this academic paper, please
adhere to the follow rules when quoting or using a source:
not directly quote more than 40 words from any 1 source.
not use the same source more than a total of 3 times within the whole document,
for quoting or paraphrasing.
must contain the section (if provided) and paragraph or page numbers of the
quote and this information must be placed in the references section.
all instances, be sure to use the APA guidelines for citations and references.
paper must not be a series of quotations. At the doctoral level, you should be able to
paraphrase and cite the ideas contained in the sources. Please email your instructor
with any questions regarding the Literature Review.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for
originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. Prior to submitting your Literature
Review: Final Submission Assignment, you should submit your assignment to
the Literature Review: Draft Submission Assignment to check your
Turnitin report and make any adjustments prior to your final submission.
Required Resource Reference
Creswell, J. W. &
Poth, C. N. (2018). Qualitative inquiry & research design: Choosing
among five approaches (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Keller, T &
Alsdorf, K. (2012). Every good endeavor: Connecting your work to God’s
work. New York, NY: Penguin Random House LLC. ISBN: 9780525952701.
Yin, R. K.
(2018). Case study research and applications: Design and methods (6th
ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781506336169.