Literature Report on Nonprofit Organizations
Literature Report on Literature Report on Nonprofit Organizations Research Paper:
Peer Review on a non-profit organization. Writer may choose the non-profit organization to review.
Each student is to write a “Literature Report,” and the report is to be done in the format of a book report. One article from a peer-reviewed or reputable journal published in the last 7 years will be summarized for the class and then critiqued based on the readings from your text using APA formatting.
The earlier students select their articles the larger their selection of articles.
Formatting For Individual Literature Reports:
This tells the reader what you are covering in your paper, not what was covered in the article you are reviewing. Here the headings of the paper can be restated to give a road map of what you will be covering, such as key points of the article, the application of article reviewed to nonprofit management, a critique of the article using established literature, and ending with the significance of the article reviewed to the profession of nonprofit management.
Key Points of the Article:
In this section the main themes or findings from the article reviewed are discussed. This section could follow the headings from the article, and if the article describes a research study then the methodology and major findings are to be discussed. If the article reviewed is not a study, then the key points made are to be stated in this section.
Application to Nonprofit Management:
There are four parts to this section of the paper. First the quality of the journal in which the article reviewed was published is discussed. Second, the quality of the content of the article is covered. Third the usefulness of the article’s content to both practitioners, and fourth the usefulness of the article to researchers in either duplicating the study or creating a study based on the information in the article.
Critique of the Article-In this section the article reviewed is critiqued using the texts from the course and other articles. There are several questions to be considered here. According to “The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It,” you should ask yourself the following questions when writing your review:
- “Has the author formulated a problem/issue?
- Is it clearly defined? Is its significance (scope, severity, relevance) clearly established?
- Could the problem have been approached more effectively from another perspective?
- What is the author’s research orientation (e.g., interpretive, critical science, combination)?
- What is the author’s theoretical framework (e.g., psychological, developmental, feminist)?
- What is the relationship between the theoretical and research perspectives?
- Has the author evaluated the literature relevant to the problem /issue? Does the author include literature taking positions she or he does not agree with?
- In a research study, how good are the basic components of the study design (e.g., population, intervention, outcome)? How accurate and valid are the measurements? Is the analysis of the data accurate and relevant to the research question? Are the conclusions validly based upon the data and analysis?
- In material written for a popular readership, doe the author use appeals to emotion, one-sided examples, or rhetorically-charged language and tone? Is there an objective basis to the reasoning, or is the author merely “proving” what he or she already believes?
- How does the author structure the argument? Can you “deconstruct” the flow of the argument to see whether or where it breaks down logically (e.g., in establishing cause-effect relationships)?
- In what ways does this book or article contribute to our understanding of the problem under study, and in what ways is it useful for practice? What are the strengths and limitations?
- How does this book or article relate to the specific issue or question I am developing?”
In this final section a summary of the Literature Report on Nonprofit Organizations Research Paper written to review an article is given. It is helpful to use the headings here with major findings, such as the key points of the article, the application of the article to nonprofit management, and the critique of the article. This section should end with the significance of the article reviewed to the profession of nonprofit management and the specific focus of the person writing the paper.