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Research Guides

PSYC 107h Intro to Psychology (honors)

Parts of a Research Article

Characteristics of a Strong Manuscript 

(From the APA website - click the 3rd link) This guide provides an overview of the process of preparing and submitting a scholarly manuscript for publication in a psychology journal. Drawing on the experiences of authors of scholarly writings, peer reviewers, and journal editors, we seek to demystify the publication process and to offer advice designed to improve a manuscript's prospects of publication.

TAMU Writing Center Resources

  • Writing Center 
    Find an overview of services, guidelines, and hours for the two TAMU University Writing Center locations on campus: Sterling C. Evans Library and the West Campus Library.
  • Handouts & Guides 
    Handouts & guides from the TAMU University Writing Center website.
  • Appointments 
    Schedule an in-person appointment, submit a paper online, or schedule a web conferencing appointment with the TAMU University Writing Center staff using this form

Understanding the Literature Review

I.  What is a Literature Review?

  • Literature Reviews (45-min video & transcript) --  This video provides the background and context for the research that will be conducted as presented by Candace Schaefer in the Texas A&M University Writing Center.
  • Learn how to write a review of literature (from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison) -- Generally, the purpose of a review is to analyze critically a segment of a published body of knowledge through summary, classification, and comparison of prior research studies, reviews of literature, and theoretical articles. 
  •  Literature Reviews (from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) -- A literature review usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. A summary is a recap of the important information of the source, but a synthesis is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant.  

II.  What Major Steps Do Literature Reviews Require?

  • Four stages
    1. Problem formulation—which topic or field is being examined and what are its component issues?
    2. Literature search—finding materials relevant to the subject being explored
    3. Data evaluation—determining which literature makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the topic
    4. Analysis and interpretation—discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature