Literature Review First Draft Submission

This is the first section of your paper. In this section you are providing background information and reviewing other scholar’s thoughts, results and theoretical explanations regarding the media/mass communication issue you are investigating in your RQ.

It is worth 30 % of your final grade for the research project. Though at this point, It has only a small percentage of the Workshop grades as per your syllabus.
You must convince the reader that you are aware of relevant research and refer to it in an appropriate manner.
Typical discussions include descriptions of previous research, and the interpretation of previous findings.
It may also include a theoretical framework for the study.
You should limit the discussion to what is essential to the present research. It depends on how much literature is available regarding various aspects of your RQ or paper.
It is advisable that you consult the literature while you are developing the research questions/hypotheses and objectives.
The literature review should conclude with an analysis of the gaps or deficiencies in research conducted to date and the unique contribution of your proposed research.
Requirements
Write 3-5page of the available academic literature on your topic about 1000-1200 words
Your literature review section should be thematically divided. With at least three subtitles that you have developed from your key words.
You need to have a full list of references at the end of the document
Double space, font 12, Times New Roman
Use at least 10 academic articles or references (edited books or conference papers)
Academic writing style
Using Third person style (the researcher proposes, believes, examines, etc.)
Well-structured, meaning to have subheadings according to the variables or main themes or concepts /keywords in your paper
Well cited (in-text citation- Author, year of publication, page number) (APA style for referencing) (APA style) http://www.apastyle.org/
Every quote you make has to start and end with quotation marks “…..”
When you reference quotations you must mention the page number of the quote within the study. The in-text citation should look this way (King 2004, p. 14)
If you paraphrase other people’s work, it has to be fully referenced (page number is not necessary though)
Your work has to be Free of plagiarism
Free of grammatical errors and typos

Practical tips
If you don’t know how to start writing, here are a few tips
If you want to divide it into themes that can be subheadings too-you can go for (Hollywood and Globalization- Hollywood and Heroism- Cultural values and globalization – etc.)
This will give you a good structure of initial headlines under which you can start listing  information (quotes and notes) from other scholars’ studies
Look at their results (findings section and discussion)
Under each one the themes/variables/keywords you will start –having to read the articles fit the relevant pieces of information mainly from the RESULTS & DISCUSSION sections
In both cases, you will have to make a reference in which you refer to the (author’s name, year of publication, page number)
Go back, sit in a very comfortable place and start thinking and writing, you have to go on reading too
It is recommended here that you use umbrella sentences such as ( Much of the current research on Facebook focuses on security issues, increases social capital or the potential negative effects on individuals especially young people)
Ask one of your colleagues to read for you

 

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