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Unformatted text preview: A BASIC GUIDE TO WRITING A PSYCHOLOGY-RELATED LITERATURE REVIEW PAPER By Sharon Glazer, Ph.D. Acknowledgements : I have adapted writing instruction material received as a high school student from my English teachers at Pikesville High School to fit the writing development needs of undergraduate psychology students. I am grateful to my high school teachers for providing me with these basic tools for writing and for being a source of inspiration. I am also grateful to Dr. Sheila Bienenfeld, Chair of the Psychology Department at SJSU for her editorial comments on this guide and encouragement toward achieving my scholarly goals. Organizing Your Time to Write a Literature Review Paper Day 1 Contract Schedule Understand Requirements Understand the Steps (Deliverables) Choose Topic Days 2-6 (inc. weekends) Preliminary Bibliography Day 7 Annotate Bibliography Explained Days 7-10 Annotate Bibliography completed Thesis Explained Day 11 Thesis Due Day 12 Thesis Statements Critiqued Day 14 Final Thesis Preliminary Outline Explained Day 17 Preliminary Outlines Due Plagiarism Explained/Discussed Day 18 Notetaking Explained Day 24 10 Notecards Due Day 32 50 Notecards Due Day 35 Rough Draft Explained Day 36 Citations and References Explained Day 48 Rough Drafts Due Day 49 Final Outline Sample Page Day 50 Check/Grading sheet Cover page Day 64 Papers Due The Literature Review or Research Paper INTRODUCTION 1. DEFINTION: A research paper is a presentation of facts which are: a. based upon reading at least 7-10 empirical articles. b. presented according to a standard procedure (APA 5 th Edition). c. limited to a relatively narrow topic of a subject. d. original in selection, evaluation, expression, and conclusion (while you cite and might even quote others work, both the specific topic and your write-up of it are your work). 2. TOPIC: The research topic must be selected from one of the AREAS we are covering in class or related to the course topic. The topic must be pre-approved by instructor/thesis chair. 3. LENGTH: The topic must be narrowed sufficiently that it may be explored within a scope of 1500-2000 words (i.e., 6-8 pages) double spaced, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins all around. In other words, dont bite off more than you can chew! Select a topic that is small enough to manage in a short paper. 4. THESIS: This is the controlling idea that unites your findings. a. It must be a declarative sentence. b. It may be modified during the development of the paper. c. It must consist of at least TWO POINTS. One way of expressing this is in the form of an if-then statement, or a given X, then Y statement. 5. REFERENCES: Twenty (20) sources must be listed on the preliminary bibliography....
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