Capella University Employee Productivity Literature Review & Worksheet

Capella University Employee Productivity Literature Review & Worksheet




Assignment Instructions

Use the research topic keywords you developed in the Research Topic Template (u04s2) and the Keyword Brainstorming Worksheet (u05s1) to search for peer-reviewed journal articles that support your topic, in one of the specialized research databases. See the Programs of Research – Library Companion Guides Resource for databases that are most appropriate to your discipline. You will need to find a minimum of five relevant articles. Keep track of your search strategy and use the articles you find to complete an initial literature review on your research topic.


Include the following elements in your assignment:


Introduction: State the research topic.

Keywords: Identify, in one sentence, the key words used in your specialization database search, both singly and in combination.

Search Strategy: In one well-written paragraph, describe your search strategy. Identify the specialization database that you searched and why you chose it. If you changed your keywords or limits during your search, describe your search revisions and rationale.

Literature Review: In paragraph form, discuss how the articles you identified contribute to your research literature review. Be sure to use proper in-text citations for any articles you use to support your analysis. Here are some questions to consider:

Have they contributed new information about what is known about the topic?

Have they contributed information about what is not yet known (a gap in the existing literature)?

Have they confirmed or disconfirmed earlier research?

Have they given you new questions or recommendations for further research on the topic?

Have they led you to change your thinking on the topic?

Have they demonstrated that the topic is or is not of interest in your specialization?

References: List the APA-formatted references for the peer-reviewed articles you found in your key word search and used in your Literature Review. You should have a minimum of five articles. (See chapter 10 of the APA Publication Manual for reference examples). If you have already begun a reference list for your research topic literature review, be sure to add these five resources to your list.

Academic Writer has additional guidance, examples, and tools you can use for researching, writing, and formatting your paper and for citing and referencing resources in APA style.

Although you are not expected to form a thorough and complete Literature Review at this early stage in your research work, it is helpful to understand what the scope of your Literature Review will include by the end of your dissertation journey. Review the Writing a Literature Review media piece, linked in the resources, to understand the scope of the Literature Review overall.


Be sure to use the resources provided, to help you with your search. Review the Literature Review Scoring Guide to ensure that you have addressed all of the grading criteria. Review the assignment due date information provided in both the Syllabus and the Faculty Expectations discussion to effectively plan your time. Post your Literature Review in the assignment area.



Aveyard., H. (2008). Doing a literature review in health and social care: A practical guide. Open University Press.


Some Database I use, also you could use any other


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Business Source CompleteThis link opens in a new window


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A scholarly business database providing full-text access to over 1,600 peer-reviewed business journals. Includes strong coverage of disciplines such as marketing, management, MIS, accounting, finance and economics. Non-journal content includes conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses.


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A psychology database containing more than 140,000 articles from over 60 journals published by the APA, the Educational Publishing Foundation, and allied organizations. Includes coverage of applied psychology, health, theory, research, social/personality, and more.


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Full text articles from nearly 600 top journals and related publication for coverage of psychology, organizational behavior, counseling, communications and related fields.


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A comprehensive database from the American Psychological Association (APA) covering psychology and related disciplines. It contains over 2.6 million citations and summaries dating as far back as the early 1800s. Ninety-eight percent of the material is peer-reviewed.


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