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Topic: Managing Stress Effectively and Improving the Quality of Life Audience: B



Topic: Managing Stress Effectively and Improvingthe Quality of LifeAudience: Busy Professionals (e.g., Mother of twowith full-time job as a program manager at a large corporation)Introduction(Connection to Discipline and Explanation of the Issues)Explain the issues and make a connection toyour discipline. Introduce the topic with reference to your thesis or mainquestion in the opening paragraph.·Describe the issue orproblem clearly and with enough relevant information that your reader willfully understand it. Make connections between your topic and importanttheories/facts/examples from your discipline or area of study (e.g.,psychology, history). The purpose of the literature review is not to answeryour questions but to situate your topic within the wider literature on thesubject matter.SourceFinding Analysis (Accessing Information and Evaluating Sources)·What databases did youuse to find potential sources and why? (Reminder: Google and other searchengines are not databases. Use the New Jersey State Library databaseresources.) What key word searches did you use, and which were most effective?What database or key word did you exclude from your search, and why? How didyou make sure that your information sources were highly relevant?·Explain how youevaluated and selected sources to use for this project. How do you know yourselected sources are appropriate to your research question? How do you know youhave chosen a variety of sources that are appropriate for the scope of yourproject?·How did you make surethat you were fully complying with all ethical and legal restrictions on theuse of published, confidential, and/or proprietary information?Themes(Use Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose)·Synthesize theinformation from your sources in order to help your reader fully understandyour topic’s background and relevant issues. What main themes emerge in theliterature on this topic? What do different sources have to say about thesethemes? What patterns, differences, or similarities emerge from the sources?What significant scholarly disagreements have you noticed? Provide your readerwith a sufficient breadth of the topic under your themes or means of organizingyour sources so that the reader can be aware of and acquainted with the topic’sbackground and relevant issues. Be sure to situate the topic within a largercontext and draw out themes and key ideas.Curiosity(Sources and Evidence)·What information haveyou found that illustrates both your interest and rich awareness of your topic?Why is this information so interesting? What ideas are you developing that areappropriate for your discipline?Conclusion(Summary)Finally, after you have completed the body ofyour review, provide a paragraph summary. What have you learned thus far?Keep in mind, the literature review is not anextended annotated bibliography whereby you list each source you have read andprovide a brief synopsis of it. Rather, the literature review is a runningnarrative that develops the background and context for your topic. Finally,additional research should continue to be done throughout the course until thefinal submission of the capstone project (which must include at least 15sources in the final bibliography).This assignment should reflect ability to:·Connect examples,facts, or theories from chosen area of study.·Explore a topicin-depth, yielding insight and/or information indicating interest in thesubject.·Issue/problem to beconsidered critically is stated, described, and clarified so that understandingis not seriously impeded by omissions.·Organize evidence toreveal important patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.·Consistently usecredible, relevant sources to support ideas that are appropriate for thediscipline and genre of the writing.·Access informationusing a variety of search strategies and some relevant information sources.·Choose a variety ofinformation sources appropriate to the scope and discipline of the researchquestion; select sources using multiple criteria (such as relevance to theresearch question, currency, and authority.)·Communicate, organize,and synthesize information from sources to successfully achieve the intendedpurpose.

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