Research Article Critique Assignment
(link 5) standards of adequacy for a narrative literature review (use these criteria to critique a literature review chapter in a dissertation)
 
Standards of Adequacy for Narrative Literature Review
 
Quoted from McMillian, J. and Schumacher, S. (1997). Research in education: A conceptual introduction (4th edition), pp. 152-153-308. NY: HarpersCollins College Publishers.
 
A narrative literature review is judged by three criteria: its selection of the sources, its criticism of the literature; and its summary and overall interpretation of the literature on the problem. Below are questions that aid a reader in determining the quality of the literature review.
 
This criteria will be useful to apply to your chapter for a self-evaluation when you write your thesis or dissertation after the proposal is approved (beyond the scope of this course). Therefore you may want to print this page for future reference.
 

Literature Review Chapter Critique
 
A literature review is judged adequate in the context of the proposal or the completed study. The problem, the significance of the study, and the specific research questions or hypotheses influence the type of literature review. A literature review is not judged by its length nor by the number of references included. The quality of the literature review is evaluated according to whether it furthers the understanding of the status of knowledge of the problem and provides a rationale for the study.
 

Selection of the Literature
 
1. Is the purpose of the review (preliminary or exhaustive) indicated?
 
2. Are the parameters of the review reasonable?
a. Why were certain bodies of literature included in the search and others excluded from it?
 
b. Which years were included in the search?

 

 
3. Is the primary literature emphasized in the review and secondary literature, if cited, used selectively?
 
4. Are recent developments in the problem emphasized in the review?
 
5. Is the literature selected relevant to the problem?
 
6. Are complete bibliographic data provided for each reference?
 
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Criticism of the Literature
 
1. Is the review organized by topics or ideas, not by author?
 
2. Is the review organized logically?
 
3. Are major studies or theories discussed in detail and minor studies with similar limitations or results discussed as a group?
 
4. Is there adequate criticism of the design and methodology of important studies so that the reader can draw his or her own conclusions?
 
5. Are studies compared and contrasted and conflicting or inconclusive results noted?
 
6. Is the relevance of each reference to the problem explicit?
 
 
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Summary & Interpretation
 
1. Does the summary provide an overall interpretation and understanding of our knowledge of the problem?
 
2. Do the implications provide theoretical or empirical justification for the specific research questions or hypotheses to follow?
 
3. Do the methodological implications provide a rationale for the design to follow?
 
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