PSY 215 Literature Review BasicWhat factors and influences were studieds
In this course, you will conduct a literature review on a very basic level. You will use the Literature
Review Example and Literature Review Template to guide you in a way that makes your review fit the
needs of your final project.
Full Literature Reviews
If you were doing a full literature review, you would choose 6 to 12 research articles on your topic of
interest. Normally, you would use the articles to either examine a controversy more closely or to make a
point that is backed up by research. In this course, instead of choosing all of the studies on your own,
you are provided with several studies, and you will choose a couple on your own. You will use the
studies to identify a gap in the research that you can fill with a study you design.
The research you are being provided with in this course is somewhat broad to give you some freedom in
your topic choice. If you were conducting a traditional literature review, you would look for a narrow
scope of studies that pertained to a topic you would already have chosen. The Shapiro Library has a
number of psychology-related databases that you could use for your search.
In a typical literature review, you would start with the theme of your topic or the point that you plan to
make with the literature. These are the typical points you should include:
Your research question and how it relates to the studies you have chosen
A brief outline of the way in which you have organized your review
Detailed descriptions of each study, including your evaluation of each study’s strengths and
What the studies show and what you believe this means
Adapted Literature Reviews for This Course
You will not go to the level of depth of a full literature review in this class. Instead, you will fill out the
Literature Review Template (using the Literature Review Example as a guide), which has sections that
directly relate to the final project rubric. However, if you are pursuing a degree in psychology, you will
eventually do formal literature reviews. The exercise in this class will give you a foundation in the basics
that you can build upon in your future studies.
To fill out the template, you will read the three provided articles and the two articles you selected in the
same way that you would read articles in a traditional literature review. Here are some pointers:
Scan the article to identify the following:
The research question/purpose and specific hypothesis
What factors and influences were studied
What other studies found
What type of research design was uWhat factors and influences were studiedsed and whether the research was conducted ethically
Pay particular attention to the abstract, introduction, results, and discussion to quickly locate these
Fill out the template using information from the article and applying concepts you learned in the text to
successfully complete your literature review.