Week 2: One Tool for Digesting Scholarly Sources

Digesting scholarly sources, such as research articles, can be very challenging. The table below is a great tool to help you learn this skill. The more resources you read, the harder it might become to remember key information. This table can act as a quick reference. In addition, as you fill out each box for each resource, you begin to visualize and internalize the patterns of systematic research efforts. You may see certain links between concepts, gaps in terms of methodology, or recommendations for future research efforts that might suggest a feasible and worthy topic area for your study.

Last week you identified 2 to 3 potential topics of interests related to your degree field and type. This week, you will narrow that down to only 2 potential topics (if you haven’t already). Below are tables for you to complete for each topic.

Your job this week is to find and read 3 to 5 scholarly sources for each topic. As you read the sources, fill in the related table sections below. If you find you’re having trouble completing any section of the table, remember, your faculty member is available to help!

Note. If you find this table is not user friendly and/or you go on to use this in your academic journey and the table becomes unwieldy, the Books and Resources also has a basic Excel version of this table.

TOPIC 1: (insert your topic)

Literature Review STUDY SUMMARIES
Author/title Purpose Description of Theoretical or Conceptual Framework Sample/

Participants (if applicable)

Research Design/Method Variables & Measurements Results &

Conclusions

Controversies, disagreements with other authors Limitations Implications for practice, research, theory

TOPIC 2: (insert your topic)

Literature Review STUDY SUMMARIES
Author/title Purpose Description of Theoretical or Conceptual Framework Sample/

Participants (if applicable)

Research Design/Method Variables & Measurements Results &

Conclusions

Controversies, disagreements with other authors Limitations Implications for practice, research, theory