Over the length of this course, you will be engaged in writing assignments about a psychological disorder of your choice that will help you build pieces of the final project. This will allow you to get feedback from your instructor throughout the course, enabling you to update and improve your work based on that feedback. This approach allows you to submit a polished version of your final project in Module 5. Last week you completed your title page and your literature review worksheet. This week you will use the information from the worksheet to write a narrative literature review that you can paste into your final project next week.
For this assignment, you will be crafting a literature review about your selected disorder for your final project, utilizing at least six academic sources from the NLU library. You will use the information you completed for your worksheet in Module 3 to complete this assignment in a narrative format. Your literature review should include:
- Details about the symptoms of your selected disorder
- Describe the treatment options available for this disorder
- Discuss future implications for treatment options for this disorder
This paper should be completed in Microsoft Word or a similar word processing program and double-spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font and APA style guidelines throughout. The literature review should be 500-750 words and include a minimum of 6 APA-cited references.
The page “Effective Strategies for Literature Reviews” offers helpful guidelines. Please refer to the rubric associated with this assignment for detailed guidance about expectations and grading.
Effective Strategies for Literature Reviews
Step 1: Searching the Literature
The most important step in doing the literature review is to consult the relevant databases (e.g., PsychINFO, Academic Search Complete). Your search will identify many articles. Based on the abstract of the article, you will be able to decide that many of them are not directly relevant. Locate and read the articles with abstracts that are promising.
A good starting place is this NLU research guide for Psychology. This guide centralizes major resources in the field of psychology, including databases for searching journals articles, public websites, and APA style:
- NLU. (2017, September 17). Psychology [Help & research guide]. Retrieved from http://libguides.nl.edu/psychology
Step 2: Writing the Literature Review
Your review should summarize the literature on your topic. Concentrate on synthesizing or integrating some of the literature; that is, point out connections between different concepts, viewpoints, or research paradigms. You also need to evaluate the literature you discuss. What are the strengths and weaknesses of specific viewpoints or research paradigms? How does this recent literature extend our knowledge? What are the needed next steps for the field in developing theory or research in this area?