WRTG 391 Week 5 Discussions Latest-UMUC



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WRTG 391 Week 5 Discussions Latest-UMUC

WRTG 391 Week 5 Discussions Latest-UMUC


WRTG 391 Week 5 Discussions Latest-UMUC

DQ 1

Developing Categories for the Literature Review

Here are lots of resources to help students understand the Literature Review. Please browse these resources and then complete the discussion post below.

The article by Ted Zorn and Nittaya Campbell, “Improving the Writing of Literature Reviews through Literature Integration Exercise” — this article is available in the e-reserves section of this class (and for those of you in the Week 4 Face-to-Face class I handed this out). To access the article, please take the following steps:

click Content

select Class Resources

select eReserves

select the icon for eReserves in the middle of your page.

in the list of items that appears, locate this article and download it.

The tutorial from The University of North Carolina on writing literature reviews. It is linked to at the top of the Content for this week.

The tutorial from UMUC’s Effective Writing Center on writing the literature review. It is linked to at the top of the Content for this week.


After reviewing the material on the Literature Review posted above, please return to your annotated bibliography and begin developing “categories” to help you to organize your sources. Post one category below and list several sources that might fill that category. Remember that some sources may fall into more than one category.

Please respond generously to at least one of your fellow classmates using 1+1 feedback format of providing one compliment on an aspect of the post that is strong or noteworthy and why and providing one suggestion on how the content in the post could be stronger perhaps in some way with the possible themes the student is brainstorming about their topic.

DQ 2

Visual Mapping — Applying the Spider Diagram

You can use a “Spider Diagram” to help you to structure your discussion of sources in The Literature Review as well as to brainstorm the niches and gaps in the research literature. A spider diagram is a visual tool usually used for planning your writing. However, you can also use it for evaluating and thinking about a topic in detail.

NOTE: Embedded here below are some excellent examples of previous Spider Diagrams for a boost.


Sample Student Spidergram

Print out your Literature Review notes and grab a blank piece of paper.

For more information on the Spider Diagram, please visit the link at the top of this week’s Content, Spider Diagrams: How and Why They Work.


Write your idea/title/topic/thesis in the center of a piece of paper. Draw a circle around it. For the purposes of this exercise, you will use the topic of your Literature Review.

Draw a “leg” from the central “body” of your Literature Review topic towards the top right hand corner of the page. Label this “leg” with the first topic/category that you dealt with in your Review.

Add more legs moving clockwise around the page until all the sections have been included, with the final one being somewhere near the top left of the page.

Now divide each “leg” up into smaller “legs” with all the points that you made in each section. (Again work clockwise from the top left so that the sequence of ideas is maintained).

Finally, please be sure that one section is devoted to identifying any gaps or niches in the research literature in your synthesis of sources essay (literature review), or WA#3.

You may have to redraw your spider diagram several times until you find a structure that works for you. Make sure that you find a proposal structure that suits the needs of your Niches and Gaps paper. Please post your spider diagram below.

Respond to this discussion topic with one paragraph describing how this task might have helped you or why it did not help you in organizing your thoughts for WA#3.