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Psychology (UNH Durham)

Information on library resources, services and more to get you started on researching psychology topics

What a Literature Review Does

Makes you an informed researcher/applicant

Provides perspective by situating your work within the knowledge base (theory & practice) of your field

Supports your research idea/proposal or identifies a gap needing further research

Provides ideas for research design; for example, quantitative or qualitative approaches or instruments to use

Provides credibility to grant proposals

More on Literature Reviews:

What is meant by "empirical"?

"derived from or denoting experimentation or systematic observations as the basis for conclusions or determinations, as opposed to speculative, theoretical, or exclusively reason-based approaches"

Books & Dissertations

Other types of publications you will encounter:

  • Book - generally monographs or edited books
    • Monograph - scholarly, single volume that treats one topic in depth; often has a single author
    • Edited book - typically a collection of chapters written by different authors on the same subject. There's usually an editor who has put the whole book together
  • Dissertation - usually written as a requirement for a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree. Often very lengthy and on a specific topic or research project.
  • Thesis - a shorter work typically written as a requirement for a master's degree.
  • Conference proceeding - a published collection of papers presented at a conference. Conference papers often report very recent or ongoing research; sometimes feedback is obtained from the audience.