The concepts that I have used to answer this question is Family Structure, Race and Parent’s Socioeconomic status. While using these concepts to answer the question you must find 5-8 scholarly sources

The concepts that I have used to answer this question is Family Structure, Race and Parent’s Socioeconomic status. While using these concepts to answer the question you must find 5-8 scholarly sources that proves these concepts. The teacher’s directions for this assignment is listed below and a literature review example is attached. MUST CONTAIN 5-8 SOURCES AND BE 3-5 PAGES!!! 

Description:

For this assignment you are tasked with writing a 3-5 page literature review.  You are required to cite 5-8 sources scholarly sources.  Sources should be documented with in-text citation and a bibliography in ASA format should be provided (note: this does not count towards your page limit). This literature review will inform the recommendation for your research report submitted at the end of the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a literature review?

A literature review is survey of scholarly articles, books, and other sources such as dissertations and conference proceedings that are relevant to a particular topic. A literature review has a specific organizational pattern that combines summary (a recap of information) and synthesis (a sketch of connections). The main objective of a literature review is to provide your audience of an overview of what the experts in a particular field.  In completing a literature review you will:

  1. Survey the literature in a particular area
  2. Synthesizes information
  3. Critically analyzes information
  4. Presents information in an organized manner

How is a literature review different from an academic research paper?

A literature review is often a component of an academic research paper.  The literature review is intended to summarize and synthesize existing research whereas a research paper contribute new and novel ideas to the existing body of knowledge. 

How do I start?

Begin with the resources at the FSU library. Visit the sociology LibGuide at http://libguides.uncfsu.edu/sociology (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. The library has subscriptions to may databases that you may use to complete keyword searches relevant to your topic.  You may also complete key word searches related to your topic on Google Scholar.   

How do I choose which sources to use?

First and foremost, you want to ensure that you are using scholarly sources (see the attached guide on distinguishing between popular and scholarly journals (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.). Next you can begin by readings the abstract of articles you’ve identified.  You can also ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it accurate?
  • Is it complete?
  • Is it up-to-date?
  • Is it supported by strong evidence?
  • Is it clearly relevant to my topic?

How do you synthesize information?

You can begin to synthesize information by looking for patterns and developing themes.  Pay attention to things such as:  common findings, major debates or findings that are contested, the most influential theories being used; gaps or directions for future research.  A good way to begin synthesis is to write a one or two sentence statement that summarizes the major trends and developments you’ve noticed during your reading.