Bibliographic citations usually include three main components: author(s), title, and publication information.
You need to determine relevance and authority. This is one of the most important research skills in the research process.
Evaluating your sources
1. Authority What are the author's qualifications? Is the document written on a topic in the author's area of expertise? Is the author affiliated with an institution?
2. Accuracy Does the article cite its sources? Are the conclusions justified and supported by evidence? Is the information reliable and free of error?
3. Comprehensiveness Are the topics explored in depth? Does the information appear to be valid and well-researched? Does the work update other sources? Is the information useful or repetitious?
4. Validity Does the author inform or persuade? Is the language free of emotion-rousing words or bias? Does the author express a particular point of view?
5. Ease of use Is the resource organized logically? Are the main points clearly presented?
Literature Review Directions
Introduction: This is the overview of your topic. Introduce your topic and briefly explain why this is a significant or important area for study/research. In this section, you should also define any important terms you are using.
Summary and synthesis of articles: In a paragraph or two for each study, briefly explain the purpose, how it was conducted (how information was gathered), and the major findings. Compare the studies.
***When referring to an article, use the last name of author or authors and date of publication in the text. Example: Calvin and Brommel (1996) believe family communication . . .Communication serves two primary functions in families--cohesion and adaptability (Galvin and Brommel, 1996).
Conclusion: Briefly summarize the major findings of the studies chosen. Identify the areas of controversy. Tell your readers how your study will further help us understand/examine this topic.
References: List at least six sources. List the studies according to APA style format.
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