The purpose of this research project is
for you to create a scholarly piece of graduate-level research and writing,
which conforms to current APA format. Competency in the current APA format is
required of all Business graduates of Liberty University, as set forth by
policy of both the Graduate Faculty and the administration.
You will research and write a literature review on a topic relevant to this
course. You will have approximately 6 weeks to research and write the paper. At
the beginning of Module 3/Week 3, You will submit a proposed topic in the
assignment folder for your Literature Review paper which is due in week 8. Once your topic is approved you should begin
working on this final assignment. Do not “recycle” any work from any
previous courses you have taken (you may use previously used sources and
journals). Your research paper will be a comprehensive thematic review of
the scholarly literature related to your topic.
is a literature review?
literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area,
and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time
literature review can be just a simple summary of the sources, but it usually
has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. A
summary is a recap of the important information of the source, but a synthesis
is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a
new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or
it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major
debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the
sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant.”[i]
How is a
literature review different from an academic research paper?
main focus of an academic research paper is to develop a new argument, and a
research paper will contain a literature review as one of its parts. In a
research paper, you use the literature as a foundation and as support for a new
insight that you contribute. The focus of a literature review, however, is to
summarize and synthesize the arguments and ideas of others without adding new
The academic research paper also covers a range of sources, but it is usually a
select number of sources, because the emphasis is on the argument. Likewise, a
literature review can also have an “argument,” but it is not as important as
covering a number of sources. In short, an academic research paper and a
literature review contain some of the same elements. In fact, many academic
research papers will contain a literature review section. But it is the aspect
of the study (the argument or the sources) that is emphasized that determines
what type of document it is.
reviews provide you with a handy guide to a particular topic. If you have
limited time to conduct research, literature reviews can give you an overview
or act as a stepping stone. For professionals, they are useful reports that
keep them up to date with what is current in the field. For scholars, the depth
and breadth of the literature review emphasizes the credibility of the writer
in his or her field. Literature reviews also provide a solid background for a
research paper’s investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of the literature of
the field is essential to most research papers.”[iii]
What is the format for literature reviews?
“Just like most
academic papers, literature reviews also must contain at least three basic
elements: an introduction or background information section; the body of the
review containing the discussion of sources; and, finally, a conclusion and/or
recommendations section to end the paper.
Introduction: Gives a quick idea of the topic of the literature review, such as
the central theme or organizational pattern.
Body: Contains your discussion of sources and is organized thematically.
Conclusions/Recommendations: Discuss what you have drawn from reviewing literature so far. Where
might the discussion proceed?”[iv]
is a thematic literature review?
reviews of literature are organized around a topic or issue, rather than the
progression of time.”v
though, you might need to add additional sections that are necessary for your
study, but do not fit in the organizational strategy of the body. What other
sections you include in the body is up to you. Put in only what is necessary.
Here are a few other sections you might want to consider:
Situation: Information necessary to understand the topic
or focus of the literature review.
The chronological progression of the field, the literature, or an idea
that is necessary to understand the literature review, if the body of the
literature review is not already a chronology.
and/or Standards: The criteria you used to select the
sources in your literature review or the way in which you present your
information. For instance, you might explain that your review includes
only peer-reviewed articles and journals.
Further Research: What questions about the field has
the review sparked? How will you further your research as a result of the
Points to Consider
paper is to be written in strict conformance to current APA standards, and must
contain at least 20 pages of content (excluding the title page, abstract, and
references), utilizing at least 12 scholarly references.
paper is to be submitted through SafeAssign at the end of Module 4/Week 8. It is highly recommended that you download
and read the instructions to avoid any stress created by issues that are the
result of waiting until the last minute.
SafeAssign draft check will be provided for you to use to improve your
Originality Score prior to your final submission.
levels of current APA headings must be used throughout the paper, as this is a
graduate-level research paper.
students do not fully understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing.
Paraphrasing is when you take a source or someone else’s idea and say it in
your own words. When you paraphrase, you must still give the author’s name,
date, title of the source, the scholarly journal where it came from, and the
exact website address or book.
when you directly quote a source, it must have quotation marks around the
quote, or (if 40 words or more) it must be set in block quotation format. You
must also give detailed information of where you acquired the quote.
purpose of this academic paper, adhere to the follow rules when quoting or
using a source:
Do not directly quote more than 120 words
from any one source.If the source is 2,000 words or less, do
not directly quote more than 50 words from any one source.Do not use the same source more than a
total of 3 times within the whole document for quoting or paraphrasing.Quotes must contain the section (if
provided) and paragraph or page numbers of the quote, and this information must
be placed in the reference.In all instances, use current APA
guidelines for citations and references.
paper must not be a series of quotations.
Research Prospectus Instructions
research of the current literature on the topic selected and that is relevant to
organizational and executive coaching, prepare a 5–8-page prospectus response
complying with the formatting and content instructions below.
Minimum of 5 pages and maximum of 8 pages, double spaced, not including title page and reference pageTimes New Roman 12-point fontLeft justified onlyOne-inch marginsCurrent APA formatNumbered pagesMinimum of 10 scholarly journal references; each reference must be less than 10 years oldShow block quotations for more than 40 words:Single spaced with double space separating quotesIndented 5 spaces from left-hand marginNo quotation marksReference page in current APA format, including active, permanent/stable URL links (not included in page total)Double space between references and single space within the referenceA title page that includes:Course number and nameCase nameStudent nameDate submittedRespectfully submitted to: (instructor’s name)AbstractConcepts from the literature synthesized into the prospectus format with the following sections required:Problem StatementPurpose Statement/Research QuestionsConceptual FrameworkHypothesis/Hypotheses (supported by literature review citations and based on level of empirical knowledge gained from the review of the literature)Selected research approach/rationale for this approach:How the data will be measuredHow the data will be collectedHow the data will be analyzedHow conclusions will be drawnWhat limitations existExpected contributions of the research and expected outcomesSum
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