Students often panic when assigned a Literature Review for an Education or Psychology class. Deciding on a topic, figuring out where to find appropriate articles, figuring out what types of articles are appropriate, and taking a point of view require learning new skills and techniques.
But students can learn them easily by breaking them down into simple steps and performing them bit by bit.
- Select a Topic– (Duke University)
- Refining a Topic – (Duke University)
- Find Background Information
- Find Books on Your Topic
- Find Journal Articles (especially with PsycINFO)
- Locate other relevant information as necessary:
- Search the Internet and the World Wide Web(Binghamton University Libraries)
- Web Searching Strategies (Binghamton University Libraries)
- Evaluating Sources(North Carolina State University Library)
- Write Your Paper – (and Cite Your Sources Binghamton University Libraries)
Other excellent tutorials developed by university libraries:
Writing in Sociology
by University of North Carolina
The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It
by University of Toronto
Succinct suggestions for thinking about and reading for a literature review.
Very important, at the end, the article states, “A literature review is a piece of discursive prose, not a list describing or summarizing one piece of literature after another.” You must make a point!