AP Psychology Review of Relevant Literature
After revisiting your Annotated Bibliography from last semester, identify at least two different schools of thought regarding your topic of study. Familiarize yourself with both perspectives, then, follow the directions below.
Your review should include:
a. Title Page
c. Introduction (Level 2 heading)
This paragraph should introduce the topic
State the importance of the topic
Outline the controversy surrounding the topic
d. One perspective with a Level 2 Heading (e.g. Psychoanalytic Perspective of Schizophrenia)
3-4 paragraphs briefly summarizing one side of the argument.
Your summary will identify the main points in these articles. For each of these points, include a few supporting statements or extensions of the main idea.
Put those main points and supporting statements into your own words.
Try not to use quotes! If you do use quotes, use them very sparingly and be sure to cite them with the author’s name, date of publication, and page number (e.g. Smith, 2008, p. 234).
e. The other perspective with a Level 2 Heading (e.g. Biological Perspective of Schizophrenia)
3-4 paragraphs briefly summarizing the other side of the argument.
Identify the main points and put those main points into your own words. As before, include supporting statements for each main point.
f. Evaluation (a Level 2 Heading)
1-2 paragraphs evaluating the research on the topic.
Choose which side of the argument you support. Then, use points from the articles to defend why you support that side (not personal opinion).
What does “evaluate the research” mean? Just because it is written in an article, doesn’t mean it is true! When you evaluate an article, ask yourself if the author is expressing a personal opinion or if he/she provide evidence (i.e. research) to support his/her position. You may find one side of the argument more compelling because there is more research supporting that side or the quality of the research is better.
Note: Please incorporate personal experiences only when relevant to your argument. Remember that personal experiences may be used to illustrate your point, however, personal experience in itself does not constitute scientific evidence.
g. Conclusion (a Level 2 Heading)
Briefly restate the two sides of the topic
Summarize which side of the argument was more compelling and why
h. Reference (a new separate page)
An APA style reference page.
The format guidelines for your paper include:
a. The Body of the Paper should be 3-5 pages in length
b. Written in APA style including intext citation.
c. Typed and submitted to Blackboard.
b. The entire paper should be double-spaced with 12 pt. font size.
c. All margins should be one-inch.
Rubric for Review of Relevant Literature
Trait: APA Style
Adheres to all styles: title page; abstract; running head; Level 1 headings; Level 2 (in-text) headings; in-text citation; references
Adheres to almost all styles 1-2 errors in form
Adheres to most styles; 3-4 errors in form
Adheres to a few styles; lots of errors, 5-8
Little form or style; Is there a style?
Trait: Grammar and Spelling
No major errors in grammar or spelling
Some errors in spelling and grammar (1-2)
Several errors in spelling or grammar (3-7)
Lots of errors in spelling and grammar (8-12)
More than 12 errors, Paper not proofread
Very complete- all sections: Introduction, Perspectives, Evaluation, Conclusion
Same as 5 but not as complete Missing one part or incomplete information or some inaccuracies
Same as 5 but missing several parts to the assignment
Incomplete and some inaccurate information.
Less than 3 pages in length. Missing and/or inaccurate information
At least 5 in-text cited references
Four in-text cited references
Three in-text cited references
Two in-text cited references
One in-text cited references
Multiply score by 5 to get total points.
(ie. 5 + 4 +5 +3 = 17 x 5 = 85)