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:
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.