Literature Review 

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  Due dates: Written Component = due Weds. 2/7/17  but no later than Friday, 2/9/17[via email]  

                         Oral Component   =   Weds., 2/7/17__

 

 

       

      In brief, this is a ten source annotated bibliography for a narrowly defined area of communication research which pertains to your chosen research interest area. It will be submitted in hard copy form & also will be summarized orally. NB: In general practice, the larger the research project, the more comprehensive the Literature Review is expected to be.  For the purposes of this course, your Literature Review is relatively short but should be representative of the current breadth of knowledge  in the (sub)field being studied.

 

NB: This Literature Review is NOT the same format that you will use for the Lit.  Review that goes into the part II of  your paper.

 Look to other scholarly articles as your model for how to write the final,  narrative Review-Of-The-Literature.

 


 

 

Rationale:  In addition to answering the questions of your own intellectual curiosity, the goal of original research is to add to the body of knowledge in  as particular area.  This preliminary review of what has already been written in areas relevant to your topic, will help you get both a feel for the kinds of questions other people have been asking in that subject field as well as for what phenomena are still unanswered.

 

 

Components:  Using APA format, construct each entry conceptually as a multi-part entity: abstract + a commentary. Therefore, each entry for each source will contain these parts:

                > Standard bibliographic citation listing (author(s) ,date, title(s),

                > 1 brief statement summarizing the research procedures that were used

                > 1 brief paragraph summarizing the author(s) findings/conclusion       

                > 1 brief paragraph expressing at least one reaction you have to the research study (e.g. the long  term significance of  the findings, how useful this material can be to you & why/ any reservations you have about the conclusions expressed,  etc.)

 

 

Suggested Procedures:   After you have selected your "Area-Of-Curiosity",  & read Chapter 5  {if possible, also refer to Frey, et al. - Ch2 [ this item will be placed in  E-Reserves a.s.a.p.]} {http://www.shu.edu/academics/libraries/course-reserves.cfm for instructions on accessing EReserves} in the text, consult with the Communication reference librarian to determine those works/databases/research sources, that are most likely to provide appropriate material in your interest area. Realize that although you may be searching electronic databases, the majority of the actual articles, studies, &/or books that you will need to read are likely available only in hard copy form.

 

***No more than 5 items can be from  e-journals and any such e-journals must demonstrate evidence of appropriate scholarly credibility. Your current Review of the Literature should include at least 3 different types of "research reports" (see p. 13-18  {Frey=p.51}.

 

After selecting ten (10)representative writings in the area, write up the entries according to the components listed above [Double Spaced/stapled] and submit on due date indicated above. Retain your own copy in order to prepare your notes for your oral presentation.

 

 

Presentation guidelines & timing:

* Each individual  will receive _4-5    minutes to present to the class [timing to be verified].  This means you will be selecting only certain aspects of your Lit. Review Document to talk about (see A|B|C below).

*All presentations should make use of effective Oral Presentation technique [as you learned in COST1600]. This means you should be focused, prepared, & rehearsed, and  you will be stopped if you go overtime. 

*If you want to use any visual aids other than a computer projector or a VHS/DVD-TV, be sure to let me know ASAP.

 


   

                                               Your "Lit Review"  oral presentation can take any one of these 3 approaches:

            > Version A{i.e. things you learned}: To discuss the 1-2 most important/striking/significant/ useful things you learned via doing your reading for the Literature Review. Your discussion of these general INSIGHTS into your "area-of-curiosity" as  gained through reviewing these studies should be supported with selected details from your written Lit. Review & by cross referencing with principles &/or  investigative methods discussed in the text.   [i.e. I expect to hear the appropriate use of research / scholarly terminology - i.e. you should sound like a professional with a degree in Communication Studies!]

                

                 > Version B {i.e. specific articles/readings}: To discuss 1-2 of your specific readings/articles. I would expect that you would choose to share those which gave you the most INSIGHT and/or potential for completion of your research project.  Support your choices by cross referencing with principles &/or investigative methods discussed in the text.   [i.e. I expect to hear the appropriate use of research / scholarly terminology - i.e. you should sound like a professional with a degree in Communication Studies!]

 

            >Version C {i.e. background concepts inherent in your proposed research focus area}.  Your goal is to enlighten the class about the characteristics,  dynamics and significance of your "area-of-interest".  Include discussion of  1-2 of the the major items of consensus and/or disagreement found in the articles covered  within your Literature Review so that we can get a better idea of where this topic &/or methodology fits within the realm of Communication Studies.   Support your assertions  by cross referencing with principles &/or investigative methods discussed in the text.   [i.e. I expect to hear the appropriate use of research / scholarly terminology - i.e. you should sound like a professional with a degree in Communication Studies!]