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The literature review process

The literature review process. From Diana Ridley, The Literature Review: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students (2008), p. 81

What can we get out of literature reviews and annotated bibliographies?

The following are examples of an annotated bibliography, a stand-alone literature review journal article, and a literature review within an empirical study.

  1. Oxford Bibliography: Poverty
  2. Desmond, Matthew and Bruce Western. "Poverty in America: New Directions and Debates." Annual Review of Sociology 44, no. 1 (2018): 305-318.
  3. Edin, Kathryn. "What Do Low-Income Single Mothers Say about Marriage?" Social Problems 47, no. 1 (2000): 112-33. doi:10.2307/3097154. (just the introduction and lit review)

With a group, discuss one of the above sources, focusing on the following questions:

  1. Can you find an example of theory mentioned in the text?
  2. Can you find an example of a debate in the field described in the text?
  3. Can you find an example of a methodology mentioned in the text?

Don't be stuck in the past. Try citation searching.

Scouring bibliographies is a great idea. But that will only find you older sources. What if you want newer sources?

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