Use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks to learn quickly about the state of research on your topic. A good encyclopedia article should describe major themes, current research fronts, and controversial areas; it should also provide a brief bibliography of classic, important, or definitive works on your topic. Handbooks generally offer chapters on specific aspects of a topic: together, the handbook's chapters should provide a broad overview of the state of research; individually, chapters may be narrowly focused.
Literature reviews are a handy way to get quickly into the scholarly literature. A typical literature-review article will provide a narrative that identifies and describes dozens of journal articles and books.
You may already have citations of relevance to the text on which you are working. These resources will help you find an online or print version of the cited work.
Created for PSYC 470-302: Friendship & Attraction (Fall 2014).
Updated for PSYC 470-302: Friendship & Attraction (Fall 2015).