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PS 382 Body Politics

This course explores the politics of embodiment in relation to gender, race, class, sexuality, and dis/ability.

Literature Review

literature review provides an overview of previous research on a topic that critically evaluates, classifies, and compares what has already been published on a particular topic. It tells the story and history of your topic, as well as highlights emerging areas of study and poses questions about the gaps in the literature. 

A lit review allows the author to synthesize and place context into the research and scholarly literature relevant to the topic. Most scholarly books and articles begin with a review or at least a short characterization of the literature as a way of laying the groundwork for the authors' thesis. For researchers, this can be a great way of identifying key papers on the topic.

4 Steps of a Lit Review

1) Developing a Topic

2) Searching the Literature

3) Narrowing the Scope

4) Synthesizing Prior Research.

Common questions students have: 

Hot tip: JSTOR, using the advanced search that ticks the "Political Science" subfield box is an excellent place to start a literature review.  With the subfield checked, you can search by keyword or by a term in the abstract and be good to go in terms of finding literature.