Using the skills learned in this course, locate, organize, and abstract 20 research studies that are related to your selected topic. The studies should be published as journal articles, represent original research studies, and be current (2007-2018). You may include no more than 3 exceptions that do not meet these criteria (e.g., foundational articles older than 10 years or conceptual, non-research articles).
Develop a literature map that organizes the 20 articles into thematic categories. The textbook provides two examples of literature maps (Creswell & Guetterman, pp. 95 and 97) and provides specific guidelines for constructing a literature map. Be sure to refer the reader to your map within the text of your paper (e.g., “see Figure 1…”).
Begin your literature review with a short introduction that (a) conveys the topic, a research problem, audiences, and purpose for the literature review and (b) introduces the reader to the content of your paper.
Review the 20 studies by using the “study-by-study” literature review style (Creswell & Guetterman, 2019, pp. 101-102). This style of review includes one single-spaced paragraph written about each selected study. Each paragraph should address the research problem, purpose/questions, data collection, and major results of one of the reviewed studies. The paragraphs should be organized to match the thematic categories used in the literature map.
End your literature review with (a) your conclusions from the review and (b) a proposal for a new study. That is, your written review should form the basis for determining a new study that needs to be done in this area. Your conclusions might address strengths, limitations, and/or gaps that you noted in the literature. Your study proposal should identify a purpose statement and research questions, the research design that you would use and why you would use this design, and a brief description of your proposed data collection (i.e., type of sampling, expected sample size, data types, and procedures).
Your writing should follow the standards established in the course. Headings, citations, and references should follow the APA (6th ed.) format as discussed in the APA manual, the textbook (pp. 96-100), and online (e.g., see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/).
In summary, your literature review paper should include: a short introduction, 20 paragraphs (one single-spaced paragraph per reviewed study), a conclusion, and a description of your proposed study. The paper should be 11-13 pages (introduction, conclusion, description should be doublespaced) in length. In addition, include a title page, a literature map, and a complete reference list.