Instructions: The main objective of a literature review is to find out what other researchers have discovered about your selected issue of focus. Your assignment is to find 10 articles, books or web resources related to your issue of focus and to summarize the main points of your sources. You can use: books, articles from peer-reviewed journals, and internet resources where you discuss how you evaluated the site’s academic reliability and validity. The literature review must be typed in 12 point font and developed according to APA style specifications when referencing the literature you discuss and include a reference page for the 10 sources. What is a literature review? A literature review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. Your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. It is just not a descriptive list of the material available, or a set of summaries. Developing a literature review lets you gain and demonstrate skills in two areas the ability to scan the literature efficiently and the ability to apply principles of analysis to identify valid studies on your topic. What should a literature review accomplish? 1. It should be organized around and relate directly to your focus issue and questions you are examining. 2. It should synthesize results into a summary of what is and is not known 3. It should identify areas of controversy in the literature. 4. It should point to areas where further research is needed. (Mensing, 2008). Ask yourself? 1. What is the specific issue that my literature review helps to define? 2. What type of literature review am I conducting? Policy, methodology, theory, intervention models? 3. What is the scope of the literature review? Is it interdisciplinary? 4. How good was my information seeking? 5. Have I critically analyzed the literature? 6. Have I cited and discussed studies different than my perspective? 7. Will the reader find my literature review relevant and appropriate? (Taylor, 2008). Note: A literature review is a discussion of relevant sources to your topic of focus not a list of sources or summary of each source one after another. Synthesize and evaluate your chosen sources according to how you conceptualize your focus issue and questions you want to examine.