Your next writing assignment will be a background review and synthesis of the literature for the topic of your research-based report.

Your next writing assignment will be a background review and synthesis of the literature for the topic of your research-based report.

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Your next writing assignment will be a background review and synthesis of the literature for
the topic of your research-based report.
This assignment is designed to help you prepare for the final paper in WRTG 394. Keep in mind
that your final paper in WRTG 394 will be a report in which you do the following:
 define a problem in your workplace or community persuasively and accurately
 propose a solution or solutions to the problem or issue
Steps to Take in Completing this Assignment:
 Locate at least seven articles on your topic. At least four articles should come from
scholarly journals or credible trade journals. You should use OneSearch through
UMUC’s Library and Information Services or individual databases through the library for
your research.
 Take notes, perhaps by applying the skills from your annotated bibliography exercise, on
each article.
 Write a synthesis of the articles. The synthesis will be 1000-1400 words.
In your synthesis, you will group the themes of the articles. For example, if you have
collected seven articles on the topic of paperless offices, you might find that three major
themes emerge from your perusing of the seven articles:
o common reasons for resisting the move to a paperless office
o costs of transitioning to a paperless office
o benefits of transitioning to a paperless office
Examples of Topics and the Role of this Assignment:
You might write a report on any one of the following topics. Please note that these are
examples of topics. You might not choose any of them. They are provided here to help illustrate
this assignment.
 a report to your manager at work suggesting that more teleworking options be given to
employees at your workplace
 a report to your supervisor at work suggesting that email be used less frequently for
communication and that another application be used to improve communication.
 a report to your manager at work suggesting that your office become paperless
 a report to the board of directors at your townhouse community to argue that the
playground area in your community should be renovated
 a report to the manager of your unit at work noting that recycling facilities in the
workplace should be improved

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