SAGE Journal Articles

Carefully-selected SAGE Journal articles expand upon chapter material, and accompanying exercises offer practice in applying the concepts.

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Article 1: Xiao, Y., & Watson, M. (2017). Guidance on conducting a systematic literature review. Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Summary: Literature reviews establish the foundation of academic inquires.

Questions to Consider

  1. Do you have a draft title for your study already? Is your topic straightforward, uncomplicated, and easy to read and understand?
  2. The author discussed eight steps in creating a systematic literature review. Try to find between 5–10 articles based on your key words and begin to create a literature map using these systematic principles. After doing this initial research, has your research question changed? Have you found new key words or analytical method?

Article 2: Winchester C. L., & Salji, M. (2016). Writing a literature review. Journal of Clinical Urology, 9(5), 308-312.

Summary: A formal literature review is an evidence-based, in-depth analysis of a subject. There are many reasons for writing one and these will influence the length and style of your review, but in essence a literature review is a critical appraisal of the current collective knowledge on a subject.

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the purpose of a literature review? Make a list of key words that focus around your topic.
  2. What are some terms that might need to be defined for those individuals outside your research field of study?