Week 5: February 9, 2023


Study design: literature reviews

**note: this week you have to read alot. PLEASE plan accordingly. The next few weeks of the course will be something of a messy disaster if you don’t do the reading for this week.





Please read only the literature review sections. Our goal is to see the different types of lit reviews.

    • limited: Gubala, C., Larson, K., & Melonçon, L. (2020). Do writing errors bother professionals? An analysis of the most bothersome errors and how the writer’s ethos is affected. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 34(3), 250-286.
    • thematic: Melonçon, L., Mechenbier, M., & Wilson, L. (2020). Introduction to ‘A National Snapshot of the Material Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty in Composition and Technical and Professional Communication.’. Academic Labor: Research and Artistry, 4(1), 6-26. digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/alra/vol4/iss1/1.
    • trends & similarities/differences: Clegg, G., Lauer, J., Phelps, J., & Melonçon, L. (2021). Programmatic Outcomes in Undergraduate Technical and Professional Communication Programs. Technical Communication Quarterly, 30(1),19-33.
  • Skim the resources on the Lit Review blog

Do for class:

  • Find 3 articles or book chapters from edited collections (do not use a chapter from a monograph for this exercise) and post them to our shared google drive. As always, make sure you are finding articles or book chapters that directly relate to your own work and that go together in relation to a common topic or idea that you are presently working toward (for this class or your life). You will need to read these pieces closely. [note: these same three that you are posting about should be included in the larger set of articles and book chapters (~8 to15 ish) that are in the schedule for next week and will lead into your literature review assignment]
  • read the abstracts ONLY for the articles from our classroom example and lit review exercise

In class:

  • discussion of literature reviews
    • exercise on lit reviews
  • working with our classroom example
  • answering questions about where we are and what we’re doing