PSY341 – Research Methods in the Social Sciences

The Literature Review will consist of a minimum of 4 scholarly, peer-reviewed, and full-text journal articles on your topic. To help prepare you to write your Literature Review, you will find your journal articles on your Literature Review topic and summarize the content in your own words. You did this in Units 3 and 4 and will repeat this with a different article in Unit 6. You will also explain why the information in each article is important to consider in your literature review. For your reference, a sample is provided under each unit where your summaries are due. Instructions:


• Each summary should be at least one paragraph, double-spaced, using size 12 Times New Roman font.


• At the bottom of each summary, include a permalink to the article and Reference written in APA-style.


• Each summary must be written in your own words. Do not cut and paste the article abstract into your assignment as an alternative to summarizing.


• You must locate and summarize full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles, not just an article abstract. Website articles, such as those from Psychology Today or, or magazine articles such as those from Time Magazine, are not allowed for these assignments. If you need help differentiating between a peer-reviewed journal article and a magazine article, review the first link below. If you need help locating full-text peer- reviewed journal articles through the Post University Library, review PSY Tutorial: Searching the Library Databases, found in Reading and Resources.


• Welcome to the Traurig Library: Tutorial – Academic Journals, Trade Journals, and Popular Magazines: How are they Different?




• Submit a Word document in APA format.

• One page in length, excluding the Title and Reference pages. Be sure to read the criteria below by which your work will be evaluated before you write and again after you write.


Evaluation Rubric for Literature Summary Assignment


CRITERIA Deficient Needs Improvement


Proficient Exemplary


0-8 points 9-13 points 14-16 points 17-20 points Scholarly Source Provided and Relevant


The article is not scholarly and/or is not relevant to the literature review topic.


The article is scholarly and somewhat relevant to the literature review topic.


The article is scholarly and most relevant to the literature review topic.


The article is scholarly and highly relevant to the literature review topic.


0-18 points 19-24 points 25-27 points 28-30 points Summary A summary is


absent. A summary is included but does not adequately convey source content.


A summary is included, and source content is mostly well conveyed.


A summary is included, and the source content is accurate and thorough.


0-14 points 15-19 points 20-25 points 26-30 points Importance of Article Information to Literature Review


The importance of article information to the literature review is not included.


The importance of article information to the literature review is included, but the rationale is minimal.


The importance of article information to the literature review is well stated, but further elaboration would strengthen the rationale.


The importance of article information to the literature review is clearly stated and well elaborated.


0 points 5 points


Permalink Included


Not included and/or not accessible to Instructor.


N/A N/A Included and accessible to the instructor


0-7 points 8-11 points 12-14 points 15 points Clear and Professional Writing and APA Format


Errors impede professional presentation; guidelines not followed.


Significant errors that do not impede professional presentation.


Few errors that do not impede professional presentation.


Writing and format are clear, professional, APA compliant, and error free.





Evaluation Rubric for Literature Summary Assignment


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