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PS102Lecture10 - THE LITERATURE REVIEW Political Science...

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Unformatted text preview: THE LITERATURE REVIEW Political Science 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry Lecture 10 WHAT IS A LITERATURE REVIEW? A body of research and writing on a particular topic. E.g. the literature on public opinion and foreign policy or the literature on democratic stability A literature review is a systematic examination and interpretation of a literature Created to inform and shape subsequent research There are no set boundaries for literatures Overlap in complex ways No categorization scheme for research into literatures Necessary scope for each literature review is idiosyncratic and determined by the research topic PURPOSES OF A LITERATURE REVIEW Learning about what others have discovered Ensure we dont reinvent the wheel Narrowing or focusing a research topic Motivating and developing a specific research question Discovering the data, methods, and research strategies others have used Identifying research questions that have not been answered Define the original contribution of current research SOURCES FOR THE LITERATURE...
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course POL SCI 102 taught by Professor Gelpi during the Spring '11 term at Duke.

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PS102Lecture10 - THE LITERATURE REVIEW Political Science...

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