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SOC 395: Qualitative Research

Literature Reviews

Understanding a literature review...

  • What?  Overview /survey of a small body of scholarly research (i.e. books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, etc.) in a particular discipline.
  • Why?    Often a required component of grant and research proposals.  They are also a common preface to theses, dissertations, and scholarly articles.
  • Scope?   Determined in large part by your research needs and/or restrictions.  (Summary or critical evaluation)

Literature Review Guides & Samples

Below is  sampling of resources to help you better understand the purpose and structure of literature reviews.  

Writing in Sociology

Search the library catalog and Ebsco eBooks database to find more resources.