Welcome to the Course Guide for PLS301 - Political Science Research Methods with Dr. Greenberg. This guide has been designed to help you prepare to write your literature review.
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A literature review is not a book review or annotated bibliography. You must construct an analytical thesis that guides the reader through your understanding of the literature on your chosen topic. A properly composed literature review will thoroughly explain the scholarly conversation surrounding the sub-facets of your topic, and it will also demonstrate an original thesis that evaluates the literature's strengths and weaknesses. You are encouraged to include any conclusions about further research needs in the field.
Literature reviews should comprise the following elements:
In the introduction, you should:
In the body, you should:
In the conclusion, you should: