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EDLD 621 & 904– Research Design and Analysis: Background Info

How to use the library resources to develop a literature review to support your qualitative study.


Articles chop up your topic into little, narrow questions. If you find 5 articles, each presenting a narrow study, it's often hard to see how they fit together and what question they are all trying to answer. But encyclopedias and handbooks

  • Give you overviews of your topic
  • Lead you to the important questions asked by researchers.
  • Contain articles written by experts in their fields.
  • Put your idea or question into a historical, research, or social context.
  • Lead you to further references.

Associations: Sources for Issues

Use associations to find out about conferences and hot issues in your field (i.e., topics for your papers).

Annual Reviews on Personality

Annual Reviews have great overviews, long literature reviews, on general topics in many areas of interest to you: sociology, psychology, organizational management, and more. 

  • Find new topics.
  • Get great references.
  • See what the field is interested in.
  • See where gaps are in the research.

Want to find overviews on a particular topic? Here's my blog post on searching in Annual Reviews.

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