Literature Review based on ‘Financial Decision making and their outcomes’, lit Review, history, conclusion, works/ Rerences cited. around 4500 words double spaced and 13 sources cited. and divided in two parts.
Prompt: The first formal section of your research project will be a literature review outlining, analyzing, and synthesizing the research you will use to shape your argument. For this section, you will compile, organize, and summarize your research to create or define the space that your argument will occupy. This will be the first half of your final project.
Purpose: Literature reviews are done for a variety of reasons, but all are written to introduce your audience to the existing research on your topic. Before we can craft an effective argument on our research questions, we must work through what has already been examined and find the area(s) that seem to have a gap in knowledge or understanding. By identifying the existing research that relates to our research questions, we can better anticipate what our audience will need to know and how they will be best convinced by our final arguments.
To this point, you have written and revised your research questions, conducted preliminary research, and begun annotating your research. Now, you will make decisions about how to best present your research based on your intended audience and overall argument. As with the rest of our materials in this class, the literature review is a living, breathing document that could change between writing the first draft and how it is shaped in your final project. The point here is not to get it perfect but to find the best way to present your audience with the research that informs your final argument.
Requirements: A successful literature review will
Introduce your project and eventual argument as it is conceived now
Explain to the audience why the information presented is important to understand in the context of your argument
Organize your research in an effective and logical manner
Demonstrate an understanding of how the sources presented relate to each other and your argument
Be formatted in the appropriate style for your major and topic (MLA, APA, or CMS) using section headers to guide your reader from one idea or source to the next
**Although there is no minimum word count specified, the most effective literature reviews for this class are usually around 4 or 5 pages. If you do not have enough research to fill four pages, you probably need more research**
The second part of the required research paper is the argument section. In this section you will go into greater detail on source information and propose your solution to the issue that you have researched. With the exception of the removal of an introduction paragraph, the format follows that of an argumentative essay. Following is a breakdown of the required parts.
An introduction is not necessary for this section of the paper. If you have written a strong general introduction and transitional conclusion, the reader is already caught up to the point you are at in the essay. Thus, you may move directly into your discussion.
After your transitional conclusion, add the header appropriate to your discipline. The rest of the paper will use the same section headers as the literature review section, in the same order. The goal in the body of the argument is to expand on source information, using very specific quotes and examples, to prove your thesis. This is the section in which you add your personal thoughts and ideas.
Each section of the argument must address four areas of concern, in the following order. After you have reminded the audience of the purpose of the section you must:
1. Address the opposition. Tell the audience why the particular topic is in question. Who disagrees with you and why?
2. Clarify your stance. Make the audience understand what it is you are trying to say about the topic specifically. If you are taking a neutral stance, or simply comparing two topics to make an informed decision, this part needs to read neutrally. No inflammatory statements; be careful with word choice.
3. Offer evidence to support your stance. No argument can be proven without the use of concrete evidence to back to it up. Here you are to use specific source information to disprove the opposition and prove your point.
4. Draw sectional conclusions. What conclusion about this particular topic can you draw from the discussion? How does it play a role in the larger conclusions to be drawn later?
This is a standard conclusion for a paper, and your last chance get your audience to give your topic serious consideration. Parts are as follows
Restate Thesis, Back up with main points of argument, Bring parts of solution together into one solution statement, End with a strong statement to keep your audience thinking about your topic.
Works Cited or References:
The final piece of the research paper is your final Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) page. The bibliographic entries of EVERY source you used in your paper must be included, or the information from unlisted sources are considered to be plagiarized. A couple of general reminders:
Alphabetize. All entries must be alphabetized by authors last name, or the first available piece of information on each source.
Format. In both MLA and APA, entries are double spaced, in 12 pt Times New Roman font, and NOT numbered.
Missing information. In some instances you may not have page numbers, or publication dates. In these cases, simply insert n.d. (no date) and/or n.p. (no pagination) where the missing information should be placed.
DOIs and Accession Numbers. APA requires the inclusion of access information. The DOI is preferred, but if a DOI is not present use Retrieved from Database Name (Accession number). OR Retrieved from URL.