For this assignment, you will write a literature review using 4 peer-reviewed sources.
What you need to do:
A literature review is a summary and analysis of research published on a specific topic (this research is known as "the literature").
A literature review has four main objectives:
For more information, use the following online resources.
Step 1. Read and understand the assignment instructions
Make sure you read the instructions a few times to understand exactly what is expected of you. Contact your instructor if you have questions.
Step 2. Select a topic
Before you begin to look for sources, decide on a topic, then read a bit about it so you can decide on your focus.
Can't decide on a topic? Try these strategies:
Step 3. Narrow your topic: from broad to narrow to focused
Broad topics are very difficult to research because they include a multitude of sub-topics. Once you have picked a broad topic, make it research-ready by narrowing and focusing it.
Focusing a topic generates terms that can be used in research databases to obtain relevant sources.
|Broad topic||Narrowed topic||Focused topic||Possible Searches|
|inequalities and stratification (includes many sub-topics, such as issues of class, issues of gender, etc.)||class conflict||
|mass incarceration (includes many sub-topics such as issues of gender, race, socio-economic status, family relationships, child welfare, etc.)||incarcerated mothers||
Find articles using the resources below.
Scholarly peer review is also known as refereering, and it involves the examination of a paper or book by several experts in the writer's discipline, prior to publication. For a good visual description of the peer review process, see this page.
Peer-reviewed sources are of higher quality than other sources, which is by instructors prefer them and why you should use them.
Some databases allow users to use a filter that retrieves only peer-reviewed sources, but not all databases do. How can you then find out for sure if the source is peer reviewed?
The easiest way is to consult Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Please note that you may have to use your Canvas username and password if you are accessing this database off campus.
Simply enter the name of the journal in the search box and click Search. Then examine the results:
Look on the left of a journal's title. If you see a little icon of a referee's shirt, this means the journal is peer-reviewed.