Literature review

While the implementation plan prepares students to apply their research to the problem or issue they have identified for their capstone project change proposal, the literature review enables students to map out and move into the active planning and development stages of the project.

A literature review analyzes how current research supports the PICOT, as well as identifies what is known and what is not known in the evidence. Students will use the information from the earlier PICOT Question Paper and Literature Evaluation Table assignments to develop a 750-1,000 word review that includes the following sections:

1.     Title page

2.     Introduction section

3.     A comparison of research questions

4.     A comparison of sample populations

5.     A comparison of the limitations of the study

6.     A conclusion section, incorporating recommendations for further research



1.       An introduction is present, and it relates to the body of the paper. Information presented in the introduction is intriguing and encourages the reader to continue reading.

2.       A reflective and insightful comparison of research questions is presented.

3.       A reflective and insightful comparison of sample populations is presented.

4.       A reflective and insightful comparison of the limitations of the study is presented.

5.       A conclusion and recommendations for further research are reflective and insightful.

6.       Thesis is comprehensive and contains the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.

7.       Clear and convincing argument that presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.

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