Literature

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For this assignment, you will formulate a research topic, identify and synthesize relevant academic articles on that topic, and formally present your findings in a brief literature review. 1) First, select a topic for your literature review. To help narrow down your topic selection, I would like you to use social support as your independent variable. However, you may select your own dependent variable and population of interest. Thus, your topic will take the following form: The Effect of Social Support on [Dependent Variable] Among [Population] As you determine your topic, choose a population that interests you (e.g., college students, immigrants). You must also select a dependent variable that makes sense in light of your intended population (e.g., academic success, stress). See the attached document for additional suggestions.2) Next, use an academic database to locate at least five peer-reviewed journal articles on your selected topic. I recommend using the PsycINFO database because it should include articles related to the topics on this list and because you have experience using the database. Make sure that the articles are original, peer-reviewed empirical articles published in academic journals.3) Finally, write a brief literature review in which you address your research topic drawing from the articles you selected. Your paper should take the form of a formal APA manuscript with a title page, body, and references. (An abstract is not required.) The paper must follow proper APA 6th edition guidelines (40 points). The body must have three main sections: introduction, literature review, and discussion (set apart by headings).

The introduction (40 points) should be approximately one-half page in length. It must introduce the topic and the importance of the topic, establish the problem and the importance of the problem, and explicitly state the purpose of the literature review (in terms of the research topic).
Your literature review section (80 points) must be at least two pages in length. It must present the literature in a cohesive and integrated manner. All factual statements must include appropriate in-text citations with corresponding references.
Your discussion section (40 points) must be at least one-half page in length. It must summarize your key findings (what you learned from the literature review), provide at least one specific implication for practice (what we should do with the information you collected), discuss at least one specific limitation of the studies reviewed, and provide at least one specific suggestion for future research.

The outline of your paper should be as follows:I. Title PageII. Body of Paper                A. Introduction                B. Literature Review                C. DiscussionIII. ReferencesThis week, I suggest you focus on choosing a research topic, identifying relevant literature, organizing and summarizing your sources, and drafting an introduction. The following videos provide an overview of the assignment and explain how to structure the introduction to an academic article:

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