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Doing Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are common in most social scientific and scientific disciplines. They essentially summarize the previous research that has been done on a particular issue, pointing out agreements and disagreements as well as indicating where further study is needed. 

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For a short video on the literature review 

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For a longer but very informative explanation, see the two brilliant videos by "Smart Student."

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Examples of Literature Reviews

There are several annual review journals, e.g.:

Alternatively, search for something in PsycInfo and scroll to the bottom of the column to the left of results. Click on Methodology and choose Literature Review:

 

For an opinionated view of literature reviews, see Badke, W. (2017). The literature review in a digital ageOnline Searcher41(3), 57–59. (TWU login required).

Psychology Database Tutorials

By far the strongest database for psychology and counselling is PsycInfo. The following four tutorials provide insight into how this database works and what it can offer you.

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PsycInfo Basic Tutorial (5:11)

 

PsycInfo Advanced tutorial (4:29)

 

 

Using Classification Codes

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Using Methodology Limiters

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