Deliverable Length: 30 additional sources (minimum) Assignment OverviewUnit 1 –
30 additional sources (minimum)
Assignment OverviewUnit 1 – Individual Project
Deliverable Length: 30 additional sources (minimum)
For this Individual Project, you will add a minimum of 30 references to your background on the topics and subtopics of your proposed research in the service of reaching mastery. You will construct a table that will support you as you rapidly amass knowledge related to your topic and subtopics. You may use the software of your choice. The table (or rows and columns) can be a Word table, an Excel spreadsheet, or can be started using bibliographic reference software, but regardless of the option you choose the table should include at least the following information:
For easy reference later A. Topic or Subtopic B. Reference C. Direct Quote D. Paraphrase of
Complete the following:
Identify a topic that you would like to start with.
Do not use Web sites that are not independently edited, refereed, or peer-reviewed (e.g., no general, individually produced, or sales or marketing Web sites).
Look for literature (preferably peer-reviewed, scholarly articles) on the topic that you selected.
Select an article of interest to you. Enter it into your bibliographic reference software (full text) so that you have it at your disposal (such software includes EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks and others).. Note: For the next step, you will need to be able to highlight passages of interest.
Skim the article, and highlight passages that are of interest to you. Do not think that you have to learn or know everything in the article. Avoid highlighting copious amounts.
After you have skimmed and highlighted, go to the table that you created. In column A, enter the topic under which this article falls. In column B, enter the source or reference. In column C, enter 1 direct quote that interested you. Try to keep the direct quotes short (e.g., 1–2 sentences or a short paragraph at most).
Note: if you have multiple highlights from an article (and that is highly likely), then each highlight should go in a separate row. For example, you may have five rows from one source.
Repeat steps 2–6 using a different source on the same topic that you selected. Remember, you are mastering the literature.
Undertake steps 2–6 as many times as needed to reach saturation. In this case, saturation means that you are seeing the same thing again and again in each subsequent article that you find. Nothing is new. You can even anticipate what an author will present about the topic. You know who the key scholars are.
Note: When reviewing peer-reviewed literature, articles are often structured similarly to the chapters of a dissertation. When you begin to master the literature, the section that corresponds to the literature review is often appealing. If you highlight material from this section, you know that it is secondary literature, and as such, you are responsible for finding and reviewing the primary sources. When you find a secondary source, make a note of it in column C.
Continue this process until you have added a minimum of 30 new references (column B).