What is a Literature Review?

Click here for a U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health article onHow to Write a Research Proposalat http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3282423/

This will serve as a good general overview.  Your proposal will need to
comply with the instructions below. 

By the end of Week 4 of the course term, a draft of a research
study proposal is due. You will not be conducting this research, just
proposing it as a hypothetical study. The study will focus on a real world
socio-cultural issue.  You may use an existing published study from an
academic journal article as a prototype example for developing your proposal,
but the study method and focus of research you propose must be your own
original research idea. The paper will consist of an Introduction, a
Literature Review, an Hypothesis, a Method section, and a References page.
 The paper must be a minimum of 14 pages (excluding Title,
Abstract, and References pages).

Your research study proposal draft will include:


Topic overview

Research questions

Significance of this question to the field of study (e.g., how is
it relevant to social psychology in particular)      


At least 4 brief summaries of other similar studies.  The Literature Review
section must not be merely one summary after another with no meaningful
connections between them, but rather should include, following a description of
and careful review and critique of the summaries, descriptions of how they are
related to one another.  This is done via transition statements between descriptions
of the various summaries such that the paper interweaves all the articles into
a coherent and well-articulated review of scholarly publications related to the
paper topic focus.

is a Literature Review? 

brief review of the literature means that you will report (search some key
words in the on-line library in Psych Abstract or some such area) on studies
that are similar to the one you propose. This might include an old classic
study that launched the field of study in your topic but should include some
background studies and at least one rather recent study into the same area as
yours. For this assignment, 4 or 5 quick reviews would suffice. The
reviews are typically no more than a paragraph explaining in simple terms, who
did the research (with the APA style “year” of the study in parentheses), what
they were hoping to explore, and what the results of their study were.


is an Hypothesis?At the conclusion of your review of the literature you will summarize your
research idea and then state your hypothesis. A good proposal hypothesis
should directly state, without reservations, the expectations of the
study. For example, “Hypothesis: The experimental group will
significantly improve their scores on the _____measure after viewing the role
play of bullying behavior.” Or another example: “Hypothesis: Subjects will
show decreased empathy on a survey of compassion and empathy for the learners
that used the weakest excuses.”   Or, “Hypothesis: There will be
a significant difference between the groups with the experimental group having
higher scores than the control group.”

A METHOD SectionThe Method section includes a detailed description of
measuring devices to be used for data collection (Examples: Surveys,
questionnaires, individual interviews, case studies, naturalistic or controlled
observation), of the study participants, or “subjects” and of the
procedures, or how measures will be taken.  You should include three
sub-sections titled Subjects, Measures, and Procedures.  Also include a
brief statement regarding how you intend to analyze the data you collect (e.g.,
regarding statistical analysis of data).

An APA-Compliant REFERENCES page


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