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Introduction to Literature Reviews for Education Research Methods  

Designed especially for graduate education research methods classes, this guide will get you started on a great literature review on the topic of your choice.
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Activity One

Thoughout this guide you will be given the opportunity to complete activities designed to introduce you to library resources and services that can help you work more efficiently and improve the quality of your academic coursework.  You may choose to complete the activities on your own, or your professor may require you to complete them and submit them for course credit.

 

Activity One:

 

Visit the Hunter Library Homepage to explore the library resources and services available to you.  There is a lot of information on this page.  Discover three helpful resources that you don't know about already.  If you are taking classes online or off-campus, be sure to visit the For Off-campus users section of the webpage.

 

Introduction to Literature Reviews

Graduate research methods courses commonly require either a research proposal or an applied research project.  In either case, a major component of the assignment, and your grade, will be a review of the existing literature on your topic, including empirical research studies.  This guide 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 sample literature review in APA format with helpful annotations that offer additional guidance.

I highly recommend that you view video overview below from North Carolina State University Libraries before you begin your literature review project.

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