Literature review and background

This course is intended as a first step for learners who seek to become producers of social science research. It is organized as an introduction to the design and execution of a research study. It introduces the key elements of a proposal for a research study, and explains the role of each. It reviews the major types of qualitative and quantitative data used in social science research, and then introduces some of the most important sources of existing data available freely or by application, worldwide and for China. The course offers an overview of basic principles in the design of surveys, including a brief introduction to sampling. Basic techniques for quantitative analysis are also introduced, along with a review of common challenges that arise in the interpretation of results.

How to Write a Literature Review

Starting your literature review - Literature reviews - LibGuides at University of Reading

Imagine delving into all the extant literature you can find on a topic that fascinates you. That is first step you will take when undertaking scholarly research for an academic paper. Whether your topic relates to nanotechnology or 13th century literature, you will scour evidence-based sources, such as peer-reviewed professional journals. Your goal is to gain an understanding of what is currently known about a subject as you undertake a study in pursuit of new knowledge. Background of literature refers to written records, documents, biographies, scientific studies or virtually anything that will help you gain expertist in your chosen area of inquiry.

Scholarly Articles: How can I tell?

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