Capstone Project: Draft Literature Review

After gathering all of your resources and making notes, it is time to start writing your literature review. While this may seem like an easy task after all the work you have completed, it involves tedious analysis of the resources you have found and careful consideration of the insights and findings of each resource. For this Assignment, you write the first draft of your literature review based on the resources and outline you created for your Capstone Project.

To complete:

Using your resources from Week 5, additional resources you have found, and your literature review outline, write a 12- to 14-page draft literature review. The literature review should include a minimum of 20–25 relevant scholarly articles, research reports, and/or other academic sources. Be sure to follow the literature review guidelines provided in the Machi and McEvoy text.

Note: In addition to the 10–12 resources you located for Week 5, you must locate another 10–12 resources in order to meet this Assignment’s minimum requirement of 20–25 resources.

Reminder: Use APA guidelines for citations and formatting. My Capstone Project is on The Department of Homeland Security

Required Resources


  • Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., Bizup, J. & Fitzgerald, W. T. (2016). The craft of research (4th ed.). Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
    • Part V, “Some Last Considerations”
      • “The Ethics of Research” (pp. 271-274)

        This section explores one important consideration every researcher should think of when conducting research—ethics. Also, the section provides strategies for teaching research in academic settings.

  • Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2016). The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
    • Chapter 6, “Step Six. Write the Review” (pp. 133-156)

      This chapter explores step 6 of the literature review model, “write the review.” The chapter includes the two tasks associated with this step and provides strategies for completing each task. In addition, the chapter includes an overview of the writing process, information on style manuals, and tips for writing.

The following articles provide examples of well-written literature reviews.

  • Johnson, B., & Reeves, B. (2005). Chapter 2: Challenges (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota. Retrieved from

    This report describes a workshop for helping faculty in higher education transition to teaching online. The report uses research literature to identify challenges in online teaching and to support the decisions made in designing the workshop.

  • Maguire, L. L. (2005). Literature review – Faculty participation in online distance education: Barriers and motivators. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 8(1). Retrieved from

    This literature review analyzes a collection of research studies that focused on factors that motivated or deterred faculty in institutions of higher education from teaching online. This review also suggests further research questions based on the existing studies.


  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2012a). Introduction to scholarly writing: Purpose, audience and evidence [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.