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Soc 390: Research Methods 1 -- Sociological Literature

What is a 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 allows the author to synthesize and place into context 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.

Resources for Surveying Research on a Topic

Resources for Book Reviews

Citation and Influence Analysis