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Sociology: SOC 405 - Senior Capstone in Sociology

Article Indexes

Top Five Things You Should Know About the Library

The literature review process

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

Comparing 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?
  4. How is it structured? Specifically, what headings do you see and how do they organize the content?
  5. What purpose does this lit review or bibliography serve? Is it making an argument?

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?