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Writing literature reviews : a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences - Galvan
Call Number: H61.8 .G34 2006
ISBN: 9781884585661
Detailed guidelines on the entire process including selecting a topic, analyzing, and organizing, and writing.

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The Research Methods Knowledge Base - William M. Trochim
ISBN: 0970138598
Publication Date: 2001-01-01 / web ed. updated 2006
A comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods.

Essential Elements of a Proposal

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  1. What do you call this investigation?
  2. What problem or area will you investigate in general?
  3. Why is this problem important to investigate?
  4. What was previously done in relation to this problem? What were some of the significant studies?
  5. What theory or model is going to guide your research?
  6. What will you specifically investigate or do in the framework of that problem? What are your specific research questions or hypotheses?
  7. How will each research question be addressed? What methods will you use for each research question?
  8. How will the results be analyzed?
  9. What are the deliverables? What can or will be gained by investigation of this problem?


    Self Learning Guides & Tutorials

    Tutorial on Conducting a Literature Review  (in Education and Behavioral Sciences from Adelphi University)

    Cisco, J. (2014). Teaching the Literature Review:  A Practical Approach for College Instructors.  Teaching and Learning Inquiry:  The ISSOTL Journal.  2(2):41-57.

    The aim of a literature review is to show "that the writer has studied existing work in the field with insight." It is not enough merely to show what others in your field have discovered. You need to view the work of others with insight, to review it critically. An effective review analyses and synthesizes material, and it should meet the following requirements. . .  more. . .  Guide to lit reviews from the University of Melbourne

    Literature Review Evaluation Rubric


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