week 4 assignment tomorrow by 11:59 pm

 Literature Review Draft


In addition to the other helpful links provided in Resources, we recommend you use an organizing tool from the Capella University Library Services and Tools page, such as the Scholarly Research Log, to help you track the theories, methods, and findings of the articles you have read.

Note: Be sure to post your draft of the literature review in the Unit 4 discussion and incorporate feedback from your instructor and peers before submitting this assignment.

For this assignment, submit the current draft of your literature review for instructor feedback and grading. Using your literature search question (LSQ), the annotated bibliography, and the abstracted outline to support your review, identify themes that emerge from your analysis of what we know so far about your topic. Use these themes to describe how your research builds on prior knowledge.

For instance, if your LSQ is What does the literature in psychology tell us about the utility of treating mild depression in adults with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous labyrinth walking and cognitive behavioral therapy? you might discuss literature that covers the themes of exercise and depression, cognitive behavioral therapy and depression, walking meditation and depression, mindfulness and depression, and so on. Do not organize the paper by referencing each article sequentially; your task is to synthesize concepts pertinent to the LSQ from the articles selected for this review.

Plan to identify articles and research that:

o Describe chosen area of research and provide rationale for choice.

o Describe significance of chosen topic: 

§ Explain and justify the implications of the new knowledge for stakeholders, including community members and those who serve the population.

o Summarize sources applicable to the history of chosen topic: 

Discuss historical context and dominant themes in the evolution of the topic; connect common themes and present counter-opinions.

o Summarize sources applicable to the theoretical background of the chosen topic: 

 Provide information about theoretical underpinnings such as empirical/behavioral or constructivist and humanistic orientations of the literature reviewed.

 Consider theory in light of seminal works by theorists such as Urie Bronfenbrenner, Sigmund Freud, B.F. Skinner, Carol Gilligan, Jean Piaget, Erving Goffman, and Clark Moustakas.

o Summarize sources applicable to best practices for engaging in research: 

 Describe data collection strategies, research procedures, and approaches for conducting and reporting research.

o Summarize sources that add significance and relevance to the knowledge base of psychology: 

 Indicate how the chosen sources help investigators identify topics that are well understood and other topics that represent gaps in the knowledge base and the need for further study.

 Create a scenario that illustrates the need for new research.

o Articulate guidelines of the profession applicable to ethical conduct in research practice: 

 Demonstrate ethical conduct associated with the protection of research subject vulnerabilities such as the need for data privacy.

o Identify practices and research guidelines that address respect for individual differences and diversity: 

 Address individual variation and diversity within and across groups. For example, when writing about marriage and family therapy, acknowledge research choices that exclude or include subgroups such as gay and lesbian families or families of particular racial, ethnic, or cultural compositions.

o Adhere to APA style and formatting guidelines, including concise and well-organized writing: 

 Organization of paper enhances the message and supporting points; writing reflects the quality and expertise expected for academic work.

 Organizes and summarizes sources thematically.

Your task is to present current considerations important to investigators and to indicate ramifications for stakeholders who rely on the current knowledge base. 

Use illustrative examples to explain and highlight key concepts. Good reviewers share evidence-based assessments of the current state of knowledge with their audiences.

This assignment is one component of the integrated project. It is expected that you will refine this literature review before submitting the final project.


Format your assignment as follows:

o Table of contents.

o Title page.

o Chapter headings (should start on new page).

o Subheadings.

Additional Requirements

o Font: New Times Roman, 12 point, double spaced.

o APA: Use APA format and style throughout, including citations.