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HHS 230: Research Methods in Health and Human Services

This guide is for students enrolled in HHS 230, the HHS research methods course.

An Introduction to the Literature Review

This brief 10-minute video explains what a literature review is, and techniques for getting started. (It's just a good resource for anyone doing a literature review, even if they aren't a graduate student.)

(VIDEO) Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students (from North Carolina State University)

Handout summarizing the Lit Review

Presentation Slides about Literature Reviews

Synthesis Matrix for comparing and contrasting ideas/theories

A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.  After summarizing and evaluating your sources, arrange them in a matrix to help you see how they relate to each other, and apply to each of your themes or variables.  By arranging your sources in a matrix by theme or variable, you can see how your sources relate to each other, and can start thinking about how you weave them together to create a narrative.

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