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This guide provides research strategies for students of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado.

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The American Sociological Association (ASA) is the pre-eminent national organization of sociologists. The student forum page is well worth a visit.

Ready to create your bibliography?  See Quick Tips for ASA Style. The print volume of the ASA Style Guide is available at HM569 .A54 in the third floor stacks.  Are you required to use the American Psychological Association (APA) style instead?  See Professor Wiegand's guide for APA-style reference citations.

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Writing a literature review - follow these steps!

  1. Decide on a topic / thesis.
  2. Find articles on that topic.
  3. Write a paragraph for each article summarizing and reviewing the content.  Be sure to include research methods, author credentials and possible bias.  Click here to review evaluation criteria and get some tips for writing these paragraphs. 
  4. Decide on the organization for the literature review – you can use the paragraphs you wrote for each article, but paragraphs of the literature review should follow one of the following structures - chronological, thematic or methodological.  For more information on organizing a literature review, click here
  5. Add introductory and concluding sentences to paragraphs, and any transitional sentences to help the flow of the paper. 
  6. Write an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph.  The introduction should begin broad and narrow down to your thesis statement while the conclusion should begin with your thesis statement, discuss research methods and offer insight into where further research is needed.

Click here for a helpful guide with more details on how to write a literature review.

Click below for an example of a literature review:

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