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PSYC 3001: Research Methods II (Lockamyier) Spring 2023

What is a literature review?

A literature review is an essential component of every research project. Literature reviews ask: What do we know, or not know, about this particular issue/ topic/ subject? 

Literature reviews require “re-viewing” what credible scholars in the field have said, done, and found in order to help you:

  • Identify what is currently known in your area of interest
  • Establish an empirical/ theoretical/ foundation for your research
  • Identify potential gaps in knowledge that you might fill
  • Develop viable research questions and hypotheses
  • Decide upon the scope of your research
  • Demonstrate the importance of your research to the field