Literature review for the social sciences


This guide will help you get ready to conduct research for the literature review portion of your final paper.

The content was designed specifically for students in Soc 260: Research Methods in Social Science.

Each tab takes you through a section of our unit on Literature Review. All of this content is asynchronous, meaning you can go at your own pace.

The tabs are ordered to move through sequentially, but you can move back and forth as you wish, either by selecting a tab, or hitting the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons at the bottom of each section.

In the section called "Finding Sources for your literature review," there are two database tours. Unfortunately these do not work in Google Chrome. If you are using Google Chrome, please open those tours in another browser, like Firefox, Safari, or Edge.

On Friday, September 25th, a quiz will become available at the end of this guide. When you complete the quiz you will get a certificate. You can download the certificate as a PDF file and submit it to your professor for points.

Getting help

As you go through the content on this guide, please keep your notes handy and write down your questions. You can send them to Eleanor Goldberg at

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