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Unformatted text preview: 1 Literature Reviews 2.25.2011 Steps in a Research Project Topic Research Question Theory/Literature Review Hypotheses Tests Results Conclusions What not to write. Too much descriptive information about the topic itself… this should go in the introduction or in the analysis. A book report. Organize by concepts not by works. What to write? What has been written on this RQ? What have been the theories? How have the theories been tested? Which theories seem to be supported? Which discredited? How does this impact your project? Steps in Lit Review Collect references Scan sources and identify most salient Read sources and take notes Writing Frame literature around your question Do not simply report! Synthesize and analyze. Lead up to your theory and hypotheses Finding Literature Background information: News sources, encyclopedias, info from government websites, etc....
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- Spring '11
- Political Science, Academic publishing, Simmons, literature reviews, block citations