Connecting the Topic Research Questions to the Literature Review
Mining Existing Literature Reviews: Empirical Studies & Ph.D. Dissertations
The literature reviews of existing empirical studies and Ph.D. dissertations can readily be mined for information regarding who is publishing in a given field about a topic and what themes, theories, and questions are being explored. In the literature review, themes are the common ideas being discussed across the literature on a given topic. In the literature, theories (quantitative) are “an interrelated set of constructs (or variables) formed into propositions that specify the relationship among variables (typically in terms of magnitude or direction” (Creswell, 2009).
In this assignment, you will evaluate scholarly work to guide the search for information on the intended dissertation topic and/or research questions.
- State the topic (The Stigma behind BME groups and Mental Health), working title, problem, purpose, and research questions.
- Locate three pieces of scholarly literature (2 empirical articles and 1 Ph.D. dissertation) on topics or research questions related to the research study.
- Write a brief summary 2-3-page paper that:
- Outlines the topic, working title, problem, purpose, and research questions.
- Addresses the following questions about the literature reviewed:
- What common themes (at least 3-5 themes) are observed in the content of the 3 studies? How do these themes relate to the proposed dissertation topic or research questions?
- What common theories (at least 2-4) are observed in the content of the 3 studies? How do these theories the proposed dissertation topic or research questions?