Literature review paper | Psychology homework help

 

Based on your review of the most recent, relevant  research findings on your chosen topic which the views of CAUSATION IN CRIMINAL LAWS, submit a final version of your  literature review paper, integrating feedback received from your  instructor. Be sure to include a research/focal question, synthesis of  the literature you reviewed, well-established conclusions, and points of  discussion and/or future research.

  • Begin the review by defining the objective of the paper. Introduce  the reader to your focal question. What is this question intended to  address? You may state your “question” in the form of a problem if you  like. Describe the topic for your literature review and why you chose  this topic. Explain why you think it is important. It is also useful to  tell the reader how the review is organized in your introduction  section, before you transition into the body of the review.
  • Organize your literature review paper by themes/theories/concepts,  rather than article by article. If there is one major theme you want to  highlight, state the theme. If there are three major themes or streams  of thought on the topic, briefly name them—and then organize the balance  of your literature review around those three streams. Think of themes,  theories, concepts, lines of thought, and ideas as organizing strategies  for your literature review. Your creativity in this assignment is not  the content or findings but the clarity with which you organize the  review and create a context for understanding the focal question.
  • When you are done introducing the first line of thought, create a  new paragraph to discuss studies which present another line of thought  or opposing view.
  • Your literature review should hit the high points of each article.  You should not discuss a single article, one by one, like a grocery  list. Zero in on the main theme or finding and then move on to the next  theme. Remember, this is a synthesis, an integration of all the things  you have learned. You are creating a discussion on paper, which in turn  gives the reader a context for understanding where the scholarship has  been, where it is currently, and where it likely will be heading next.  Provide enough details to help the reader understand the significance of  the studies you cite without “rebuilding Rome.” Be sure to evaluate the  studies and offer critical comments on any shortcomings you’ve observed  or that have been reported by the authors.
  • Discuss the main findings and their implications. Given the results  of your literature review, what is/are the prevailing argument(s)? What  research question could you ask in order to further develop this area of  study and contribute to the existing body of knowledge? Complete your  review by drawing conclusions about your body of research and  identifying gaps in the research which still remain to be explored,  maybe even by you! Make an argument as to why your research question is  important and relevant to the current work being done on your topic.

Requirements

Apply current APA standards for editorial style,  expression of ideas, and formatting of the text, headings, citations,  and references. Remember to use your own words to describe and evaluate  the articles. Avoid quoting the material and also cite works when you  are discussing someone else’s ideas. Be sure to integrate any and all  feedback received from your instructor. Your paper should be  double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font with normal one-inch  margins, written in APA style, and free of typographical and  grammatical errors. It should include a title page with a running head,  an abstract, and a reference page. The body of the paper should be no  less than 5–6 pages in length.