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SOC 401: Capstone (Richards)

Research Guide for Sociology Capstone

As you refine your research topic and research question, part of the research process should be discovering what other related research has been done around your ideas. A literature review is a discussion of the published information of your topic (s). It is not just a summary of your sources but a synthesis that informs your reader why your research question needs to be studied. The focus of a literature review is not new information or new arguments, it is the synthesis of previous studies and/or arguments. 


When writing a literature review, explain the structure of the review. Chronological, by scholar, by theory, theme etc.

State the scope of the review. What does it contain and what does it not contain?

What insight can you provide between your chosen topic and the variables you have chosen?

Explantations/Examples of Literature Reviews

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