How Does Social Disorganization Impact Family Dynamics?
Every new study does not have to reinvent the wheel – there have likely been studies conducted in the past that focus on similar research questions. It is important to identify those studies and discuss what they can tell us for a variety of reasons: 1) It gives us an idea of what is currently known or unknown about a given issue, 2) it can give use a baseline from which we can compare the results of our own study, and 3) it can suggest directions for future research. In essence, a good literature review contextualizes your own study. Your literature review will contain the following elements: 1. Introduce the Research Question: Briefly (1-2 pages) provide the context for the study and introduce the reader to what your research question is. You should include a statement like: “The research question guiding this literature review is… [insert your question here].” (the question usually goes toward the end of the introduction) 2. Literature Narrative: Write a brief literature review (8-10 pages), informed by the studies that you located. I suggest using past research on your topic to guide what should be included in your literature review. Consider this a narrative write up of the information that you provided in your literature table, with a review of the existing published literature on your topic. You will have to present empirical information (using the studies you located) regarding the following: Describe the problem or program/ policy you have chosen, making the case for why it is important using scholarly literature. Review some information on what is known about your problem or the effectiveness of your policy or program using scholarly literature. DO NOT write an article by article summary, as this is not a scholarly review of the literature. Remember the key components of a literature review we discussed in class and refer back to the slides from those two lectures – summarize existing literature, analyze it, and critique it. Effective literature reviews cover as much of the literature as possible. As such, the expectations for number of references will be higher than for the literature table; the “required” amount of references is highly dependent on the research question. 3. APA Citations and References: Throughout the literature narrative, please use the appropriate parenthetical (i.e., in-text) citations, and then provide a reference list at the end of your document.