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PSYCH 102 - Gupta

This guide is created to help students complete the research assignment for Suditi Gupta's Psychology 102 class.

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Hi, I'm Iris Carroll, one of the MJC librarians. I love working with students at any stage of research. I can help you in person at the reference desk on east campus, by phone (575-6082), or by email (

I created this guide to help you complete your literature review for this class.

What is a Literature Review

Your Assignment:

For your assignment you need to write a literature review on a psychology topic of your choosing. You'll be discovering and exploring many sources to help you fully understand what psychology scholars and experts are saying about your topic in the published literature.


The goals of a literature review are different from a research paper. The American Psychological Association tells us that the goals of a literature review are (American Psychological Association, 2009): 

  1. To define and clarify problems
  2. To inform the reader about a subject by summarizing and evaluating studies
  3. To identify inconsistencies, gaps, contradictions, and relationships in the literature
  4. To suggest future steps and approaches to solve the issues identified

Your teacher is giving you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the evidence, methods, and modes of discourse in the literature about your topic so that you can discuss your topic from an informed perspective.

The two sources below can help you get started with your literature review: