Application: Critical Resource Review


The literature review provides the empirical justification for the project. Literature reviews involve collecting resources directly related to the selected problem, critically analyzing those resources, and synthesizing them into a coherent narrative. The critical analysis not only considers the validity of the argument, but the credibility of the source as well. Where did the information come from? Was it the author’s personal opinion? Did he or she conduct a study or analyze data? These questions should be considered in completing a critical review of literature.

In this Application Assignment you will collect resources related to your problem statement and demonstrate your skills in critical analysis.

To prepare:

  • Review the Torraco article in this week’s Learning Resources on writing an integrative literature review.
  • View the links on how to critically evaluate resources.
  • Watch the course media segment on “Literature Reviews” to gain a general understanding of the purpose of the review.
  • Find 10-12 research resources related to your problem statement (including at least 4 peer-reviewed journal articles).
  • Review your problem statement.

The assignment:

In 2-3 pages, please complete the following:

  • Briefly synthesize one of the resources you selected.
  • Critically analyze that resource.
  • Cite 10-12 resources for you literature review. Four of these resources must be peer-reviewed journal articles.

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.