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Final paper guidelines. The paper. Nuts and bolts. A critical reading the scientific literature. 2,000 word critical literature review summarizing and synthesizing five or more articles and/or reviews on a topic of your choosing in social and emotional development.

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nuts and bolts
Nuts and bolts
  • A critical reading the scientific literature.
  • 2,000 word critical literature review
    • summarizing and synthesizing five or more articles and/or reviews on a topic of your choosing in social and emotional development.
    • It is a good idea to use readings from the class syllabus for your final project, but these do not count for your five readings.)
    • The basis of this project will be writing summary/critiques of these individual articles/reviews that you will turn in throughout the semester.
title abstract
Title & Abstract
  • Title: Your critical question.
      • What factors predict attachment security?
      • How does prenatal drug exposure impact later development?
  • Abstract
    • In 5 sentences, use what you have read to tell us the answer to your question.
introduction
Introduction
  • Introduce and clearly state the Question
  • Then tell us how you will answer it.
    • Give us the order in which you will review your studies
    • Example: Many think that A is related to B. I will address whether A is related to B by first surveying the literature on A (ref) , then B (ref), then how A is related to B (ref).
structure of final project
Structure of final project
  • Study by study
    • This is the most straight-forward and I focus on it here
          • Though not the most glamorous
    • Cover the studies in the sequence that works best to address your question
  • Theme by theme
    • Alternative (with my permission only)
    • E.g. Studies with significant results and studies without
    • More on this in class or come see me.
study by study
Study by study
  • Summarize each study to address your Question
    • 2-3 paragraphs per study
    • Indicate how what your are presenting answers your Question
    • Use your empirical observations insofar as they help you make your point.
      • Put them in if they help
      • Leave ‘em out if they don’t help
guidelines on detail
Guidelines on detail
  • Focus on the results of each study as they pertain to your question
  • Give us enough detail so that you and the reader can both evaluate each study:
    • dependent measures, significant differences, how many subjects, design
  • But focus on how the results of a study answer your critical question
more guidelines
More guidelines
  • Carefully review the results (not just the author's conclusions) of each study you are including.
  • Bring your summarizing skills to bear on these articles.
  • Use them to answer the question you have selected.
conclusion summary
Conclusion/Summary
  • Repeat the answer to your question
  • Summarize what you have learned from about your question, having reference to all the studies
    • Is there something you should read next to finish up your project and make it all fit together?
references
References
  • In psychology reference papers, every fact is referenced either at the end of the sentence or by starting a paragraph with a reference indicating you will be referring to that person’s work through-out.
  • Your paper must contain a list of APA-formatted references after the text.