Literature Search

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Literature Search

  1. 1. From Hypothesis… to Literature Searching Created by: Jennifer Darragh Reference Librarian for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
  2. 2. Your exact hypothesis: Population, independent variable, dependent variable Existing Research Literature: Population and independent variable; Population and dependent variable; Independent variable and dependent variable Background Information: About your population About your independent variable About your methods HOW TO APPROACH A LITERATURE SEARCH
  3. 3. Hypothesis and Variables <ul><li>Hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Underage binge drinking during the first year of college leads to lower grades and poorer health . </li></ul><ul><li>Population </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Variable </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent Variables </li></ul>
  4. 4. Your exact hypothesis: Underage binge drinking during the first year of college leads to lower grades and poorer health. Existing Research Literature: College students (or college freshmen) and underage drinking ; College students (or college freshmen) and binge drinking ; College students (or college freshmen) and health ; College students (or college freshmen) and grades : Binge drinking and health ; Binge drinking and grades ; Background Information: About college students and college freshmen About binge drinking About health and grades About your methods HOW TO APPROACH A LITERATURE SEARCH
  5. 5. Find and Use Related Terms or Synonyms <ul><li>College students </li></ul><ul><li>Underage Drinking </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Low Grades </li></ul><ul><li>College freshmen, freshmen </li></ul><ul><li>Binge drinking, alcohol use, alcohol abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Physical health, mental health </li></ul><ul><li>Grades, academic performance, academic achievement </li></ul>

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