First Draft of the Literature Review

Week: 8


During this week, the first draft of your literature review is due. This will allow time for your instructor to provide you with feedback so that you may incorporate this feedback into your next draft. The next draft of your literature review is due Week 11. While waiting for your instructor to provide you with feedback, continue to search the scholarly literature to identify additional relevant resources for your final draft.

Assignment Preparation

  • Carefully read course materials listed below and email your faculty member with any questions.

One assignment is required this week.  

Books and Resources for this Week:

Ridley, D. (2012) The literature review: A step-by-step guide for students.Read pages 30-33, Theoretical Underpinnings
Ridley, D. (2012) The literature review: A step-by-step guide for students.Read Chapter 8: Being Critical
Bloomberg, L. D., & Volpe, M. (2008). Developing and presenting the literature review.
Review Chapter 2

Week 8 Assignment: Literature Review Draft

Activity Description

The first draft of the brief literature review is due. This literature review should reflect a comprehensive literature search and cover major themes you have identified in the literature. You should ensure that you are identifying and giving consideration to the theoretical or conceptual frameworks present in the literature you are reviewing (see this week’s readings). In this paper, you also need to focus on synthesizing and aggregating the literature, as well as providing a critical analysis of the literature from at least 20 scholarly sources (see readings from this week). Integrate or combine your resources to determine what conclusions can be drawn from the articles as a group, whereby the focus is on content (conclusions, hypotheses, or premises), rather than the individual authors or articles. Topics in need of additional research may also be discovered while aggregating your resources. Finally, ensure your draft adheres to the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) and that your draft is free of typographical and grammatical errors. This is a kind reminder that you should continually proofread your work.

Length: 15 pages minimum (this page length requirement does not include the reference list)

Note: You will be required to submit a second draft of the brief literature review that you have expanded. Therefore, you will need to include additional peer-reviewed sources in Week 11 of this course as part of the Signature Assignment.

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

“Also take a look at the following additional clarification by the instructor to see what applies to the Week 8 assignment:

Planning your Week 6 Paper and Beyond

     You may have looked at our cloud folder for materials to use in your upcoming assignments. If so, GREAT! I apologize if the following reminder is redundant! Your next assignment is a synthesis paper. In this paper, please integrate or combine resources to determine what conclusions can be drawn from your selected articles as one group.  A synthesis paper is not a paper where individual articles are summarized; your paper should focus on the relationships and patterns that emerged after scientifically evaluating your articles as one group. Many students struggle to make the shift from summarizing to synthesizing source materials in their week 6 work. Because they are connected, the most effective way to approach your week 6, 8, and 11 papers is to incorporate my feedback and use the optional materials in the BTM7300 cloud folder. This material includes my video. Some (not all) BTM7300 students have “gaps” in their prior training. These gaps contribute to producing work that yields poor grades. Some students do not know what they do not know! These gaps are unlikely to be addressed proactively by relying only on the materials in your course room. You may need a specific “lesson” to help you identify the thinking traps that hinder your success as a doctoral level thinker and writer.

Click the following links (you may need to copy and paste each link into your browser’s address bar):

BTM7300 – Week 6         

BTM7300 – Week 8

BTM7300 – Week 11

The above links will give you access to all relevant week 6,8, and 11 documents including a link to my YouTube video (see below).

In addition to the above, I urge you to watch my video for the weeks 6, 8, and 11 papers. Here is the link: For many students, watching the video is a crucial turning point in their understanding of how to think about writing as a doctoral student!

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