SOC3401 Introduction to Sociological Research Fall 2017 Lab 2 Research Topic and Literature Review Name: ______________________________________ In today’s lab, you will begin your research project for this class. You will start by teaming up with one or two other students to brainstorm possible research questions involving generosity, gift giving, helping behavior, or altruism. For instance, you may be interested in understanding which UH students volunteered during Hurricane Harvey. Then you will listen to your TA explain how you can use library resources to perform a literature review and perform your own. Literature reviews are a crucial component of conducting sociological research. The research literature can inform you of relevant theoretical and empirical discoveries on your research topic and questions. It can also help you refine your research questions in light of these discoveries. A proper literature review is organized conceptually and should not merely provide a summary of previous studies. However, because time restrictions do not permit students to conduct a thorough literature review, I am only asking you to provide a summary of two peer-reviewed research articles. To complete the lab assignment, you must locate four relevant peer-reviewed research articles. Theoretical pieces, meta-analysis, and review pieces are not permitted for this assignment. All pieces must contain original research (regardless of method, i.e., interviews, experiments, surveys, content analysis, etc.). If you are confused about whether an article qualifies, please ask the TA. You are strongly encouraged to show the TA your four articles as you will not be awarded full points for completing the homework using an article that does not fit the criteria. After you have identified four articles, you will then select two of them for a more detailed review.
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