The distinction between a primary source and a secondary source of literature was included in Week 2. To review, the distinctions are:
Other sources of literature included in a lit review are empirical and theoretical sources. As with primary and secondary sources, there are differences between empirical and theoretical sources.
The lit review is composed of relevant sources. Relevant sources are those that have a direct bearing on the problem. The contents of a lit review include:
ACTIVITY/ Topic 1
Identify whether the following
published titles are from theoretical or empirical sources, and primary
or secondary sources. Key words can provide an indicator of the correct
The stress connection: Women and coronary heart
factors of coronary heart disease in women: a review
(Brezinka & Kittel
self-efficacy as a predictor of disease management (Clark & Dodge,
adults and exercise: Path analysis of self-efficacy related constructs (
infarction survivors: Age and gender differences in physical health,
psychosocial state, and regimen adherence (Conn, Taylor, & Abele,
readiness for regular physical activity in older individuals: An
application of the theory of planned behavior (Courneya, 1999).
potential: a theory of wellness motivation (Fleury, 1991).
rehabilitation and recovery (Fleury & Cameron- Go, 1997)
experience following a cardiac event: the role of the self in healing
(Fleury, Sedikedes, & Lunsford, 2001)
physical activity: a quantitative synthesis (Dishman & Buckworth,
benefits of physical activity on coronary heart disease and coronary
heart disease risk factors in women (Garber, 1997) ______________
Behavioral medicine in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular
disease (Graves & Miller, 2003) _____________________
A literature review provides the basis and direction for the development and implementation of the study. We identified the contents of the lit review section, but the citation of relevant sources occurs throughout each section of a research report.
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