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Psychology 201

Help with the literature search process

Where to begin?

If you are writing an analytical/compare and contrast paper, or an argumentative persuasive essay, then you will require research evidence to support your argument.

How much research you will need to do will depend on:

  • Your existing knowledge;
  • Your knowledge gaps; and
  • Any specific requirements outlined by the assignment (e.g. sometimes instructors will require a minimum number or type of sources to be used.)

Research as inquiry

Here are some questions to think about (or ask yourself) when trying to figure out the scope of your research inquiry.  Creating a concept map, or brainstorming what you already know about a topic, can help you to identify areas you may want to explore further.

research as inquiry

Special thanks to Bucknell University, Bertrand Library Research Services for creating and sharing this poster under a Creative Commons License.

Narrowing a topic and starting your research

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