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TOPIC 2: Benchmark – Literature Review

This assignment will be used to conduct your survey (Topic 4) and final research methods assignment (Topic 8).

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A literature review section of a research paper helps to give context for the relevance and particular conceptual focus of your study. It is important to make sure that your literature review is not just a technical reporting of what other researchers have done before. Instead, it needs to be a creative organization of past findings that creates a frame or foundational context for your argument or research focus. In order to accomplish this, in 1,000-1,500 words you will need to:

· Synthesize key results themes from qualitative research articles.

· Synthesize key results themes from quantitative research articles.

· Explain how these findings inform your research question(s) and hypothesis.

· Include your research question(s) and hypothesis(es).

A minimum of 10 research articles are necessary.

All of the references for this assignment must come from peer-reviewed academic journals.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance. 

Benchmark Information

This assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

BA Communications

3.2 Interpret data from a research study.


 Read Chapter 3 and 5 in The Basics of Communication Research.

Read “Ethical Issues of Online Communication Research,” by Capurro & Pingel.


View the “Stanford Prison Experiment.” URL:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_LKzEqlPto

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