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Psychology: Literature Reviews

Research help in the area of Psychology.

Reviews in Databases

The following offers database search tips in finding other journals that accept literature reviews for publication. 

In ERIC you can find literature reviews covering a particular subject, by going to ‘advanced search’ and limiting your search to publication type “Information analyses”.   This search strategy will retrieve state-of-the-art papers, research summaries, and reviews of the literature on a topic.

If using the PsycINFO database, go to the 'advanced search' page and limit your search to the Methodology type 'Literature review'.

Introduction to Literature Reviews

Graduate research methods courses commonly require either a research proposal or an applied research project.  Such an assignment will require a review of the existing literature on your topic, including empirical research studies.  This page offers an overview of literature reviews and features library resources and services that will help you be successful.

Because literature reviews differ significantly from a standard research paper or annotated bibliography, it helps a lot to gain a basic understanding of what a literature review is.  The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a helpful guidance on how to write a literature review in APA format.

You may also want to view the video below that was created by North Carolina State University Libraries. 

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