Part 2: Overview of the Research Process

Part 2 will provide you with the strategies to evaluate your research and suggest tools you can use to direct and refine your Literature Review.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this part you will be able to:

  • assess and evaluate research,
  • investigate biases, and
  • understand the research structure.

Learning Materials

Work through the following materials to become familiar with the purpose and steps to successfully complete a Literature Review.

Summary of Literature Review Tasks 

Work through the following tasks to manage and track your literature review.

  1. Create a proposal
  2. Research your topic
  3. Identify three references and consider why you are using them


Key Resources

Use the following resources to help guide your research topic and understand expectations of the course and literature review.


Words of Advice

  • Research takes time.
  • When you find one or more good articles for your topic, look at the titles and abstracts of those articles. You may find words or phrases you haven't searched yet, but are key to finding the research you want.
  • You are probably going to do several searches and review results before you feel confident about the articles you are choosing. That's ok! That's how this process works.
  • If you have more questions about how to search or where to search, your librarian can help.