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Fellow Classmates & Dr. Salvaggio,

Three queries will be addressed regarding literature review First, project proposals and project reports typically require that literature review be included for several reasons. The purpose of a literature review is to fully engage and understand the current authors, researchers, positions, evidence, and topic theories available to the audience for an opportunity for other researchers to contribute to the topic. Literature review provides insight into the current academic studies, proposals, and project reports written by researchers, academics, or practitioners via vehicle delivery, dissertation, scholarly article, or a dedicated journal or review. Plus, the literature review also provides insight into the authors’ creditability, expertise level, focus area(s), and historical longevity in the field of study or studies. Next, literature review provides a base of reference for one to avoid duplicity or incongruency of a current position backed by empirical data. According to Upstate University of South Carolina Library (n.d.) confirm two elements of eight element in a Literature Review as recognizing researchers working on topics and discover the formative studies in the field as eluded above. The next query is discussed below.

Secondly, there are several contributions a literature review makes to an overall project. Initially, the overall project expands the breadth of formative knowledge via a new proposal or report. Another project can also confirm or challenge the current established literature review or provide a different applied methodology. As well, a project can assess nuances, similarities, or differences of current literature review that had not been proposed for discussion. Showing relationships between current studies or proposals is another recognized contribution to an element of a literature review (Upstate University of South Carolina Library, n.d.). The last query is discussed below.

Thirdly, it is important to make your literature review as comprehensive as you can for several reasons. The researcher must understand the base or foundation of current literature review covering current theories and studies or projects to appropriately delivery research or new formative data and knowledge based on empirical data or academic theories. Also, it is important to make literature review comprehensive, so the audience has the full content for review, analysis, and discussion and for further research. All three queries have been addressed.



Upstate University of South Carolina Library (n.d.). Literature Review: Purpose of a Literature Review. Elements in a Literature Review. Retrieved January 13, 2021: https://uscupstate.libguides.com/c.php?g=627058&p=4389968





How resources were found to support background description of DPAA:

                After reading the types of information needed on the organization that will be the subject of my study discussed in our first required reading (Bloomberg & Volpe, 2007), I expanded my search for materials to specifically target the information being sought.  My first step in the process was to use the standard online search engines (e.g.: Google, Bing, DuckDuck Go, etc.) using words and phrases for the types of information I was seeking (e.g.: reports by DPAA, reports on DPAA, reports on the agency’s mission and results, etc.).  This search was then augmented with a search of both the agency’s public and private websites.  This was followed by a search of DPAA’s instructions, documents, and reports that were either available online or through the internet.  These documents were also augmented by the use of reports and documents that I have hard copies of, obtained in the course of my duties while assigned to the agency.  In addition, an academic search was conducted using both Google Scholar and Trident University’s library search engines.  This search sought information on the general topics of study, instead of the agency itself (e.g.: business process reengineering, the role of employees in innovation, etc.).

Details of the sources and why selected:

The general online data search using the recognized search engines is a search that anyone above the age of 10 in the United States today understands and needs no additional clarification.  Sources which are available to me, as an employee of the agency, including a protected website with links to government and agency applications, programs and documents, a SharePoint system that provides additional information and document availability, and dedicated programs and databases containing additional information and links to additional applications and websites.  Most of these assets are restricted to assigned personnel due to a large amount of personally identifiable information and official use only materials contained therein.  In some cases, the information available for each worker is restricted by incorporated programming limits to only allow access to the information that is deemed necessary for the individual in the performance of their duties.  The characteristics and uses of both Google Scholar and Trident’s online library are also well known by the class by now, and won’t be discussed.

How I expect to use the sources during this course:

Ultimately, the materials and information gathered through the searches briefly described above will become part of both the literature review for the DSP proposal and the project itself, along with contributing to the methodology chapter in explaining why the proposed methodology and methods were chosen for the proposed project.  This information will serve to inform the readers of DPAA’s history, organization and organizational structure, vision, goals, products and services, strategies, and leadership.  More importantly, it will describe the current issue within the agency, its current status, and why the issue exists.  The study itself will determine the means by which to address and correct the problem(s) being faced.


Bloomberg, L. & Volpe, M. (2007).  Presenting methodology and research approach. In completing your qualitative dissertation.  Sage Publishing.  Retrieved January 4, 2021, from



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