A small part has been written, and the remaining two pages of review of literature / research questions / hypotheses, based on rationale, and part of review of literature
Review of Literature/Research Questions/Hypotheses Section (approx. 3-5 pages)
This section of the paper synthesizes the available research on your communication topic and serves as an argument for examining the specific research questions and hypotheses that you propose. In this section you should explain, in detail, what the literature has to say about your topic and variables. Only relevant literature should be reviewed. This is not for popular press citations; cite peer reviewed scholarly literature.
The literature review should be a 3-5 page synthesis of relevant research findings that result in at least one research question or hypothesis (Note: you may have multiple RQs and/or Hs). Do not provide a study-by-study summary of the literature. The purpose of a focused literature review is to synthesize what scholars know about your topic, thus you should have multiple citations per paragraph and sometimes per sentence. All constructs, variables, and theory components (if you use theory in your paper) that are relevant to your study should be defined and explained (e.g., integrative conflict strategies are defined as….). When completed, your literature review should resemble the content and structure of published journal articles. Avoid too many direct quotes (focus on synthesis).
Setting up your specific RQs/Hs can be complicated. There are numerous ways that research questions and hypotheses can be incorporated into your paper. One way is to have a section at the end of your literature review that poses all of your RQs/Hs, whereas another way is to incorporate these into the body of your literature review. Either way, they must flow logically flow from the literature review. In other words, the literature review should provide justification for your questions or prediction(s). If incorporating theory into your study, the theory (or parts of a theory) will contain the argument and rationale for the expected relationships between your variables. After presenting your argument for your RQ/H’s, state them! Be sure to label these (e.g., “RQ1: …” or “H1:…”).