Final Paper: A Literature Review
Conduct a literature review (Links to an external site.) (see Bem, 2016). You will review and summarize relevant theory and research in order to defend a particular position (your thesis). The topic of your literature review might come from the following list, or you may identify a different area of interest. However, if you choose something other than the options below, you must obtain permission from your instructor prior to writing/submitting the paper. It is up to the instructor’s discretion to allow/disallow alternative topics. Here are some ideas you might choose to explore:
- Accuracy of Proverbs
- Example: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Beauty is a good letter of introduction”? In other words, what can one conclude based on appearance alone?
- Example: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “Out of sight, out of mind”? In other words, do long distances or extended amounts of time strengthen relationship ties, or weaken them?
- Example: “Birds of a feather flock together” or “Opposites attract”? In other words, are people attracted to similar or dissimilar others?
- Impact of Titles/Labels
- Example: How do team mascots (such as the Redskins or Braves) impact Native Americans (self-esteem, stereotype threat, etc.)?
- Example: How do labels (such as smart/stupid, crazy or criminal, etc.) impact people’s mental processes and behaviors?
- Example: Does true altruism exist? What motivates people to help?
- Explanatory Style
- Example: Do optimists experience better life outcomes than pessimists?
- Persuasive Appeals
- Example: How do political campaigns utilize various techniques?
- Example: Is there a dark side? Can one be too confident?
- School Size
- Example: Do students fare better in big schools or small schools? Why?
- Example: What is the theory behind “reverse psychology”?
- Gender Differences
- Example: in aggression, sex, etc.
- A Form of Prejudice
- Example: fat prejudice, racial prejudice, etc.
- Psychology and the Law
- Example: jury behavior, etc.
- Other: Must be approved by your instructor in advance!
The Final Paper
- Must be at least 5 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
- Must include a separate title page (Links to an external site.) with the following:
- A header
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph (Links to an external site.) that has a succinct thesis statement (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice (Links to an external site.).
- Must address the topic with .
- Must end with a conclusion (Links to an external site.) that reaffirms the thesis.
- Must use at least five peer-reviewed scholarly sources. Additional scholarly sources are encouraged.
- Be sure to integrate your research (Links to an external site.) smoothly rather than simply inserting it.
- In general, paraphrase (Links to an external site.) material rather than using direct quotes.
- The table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined here (Links to an external site.) and here (Links to an external site.).
- Must include a separate reference page (Links to an external site.) that is formatted according to APA style.
- Must be submitted to Grammarly (Links to an external site.) for review and correction prior to submitting.
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