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SOC 3701: Social Psychology

Spring 2018

Research Paper Spring 2018

Research Assignment
Conduct a literature review of research that has been conducted on a particular social psychological topic or phenomenon.

Summarize the key findings of the body of research. Identify and explain the primary theories and methodologies that predominate.  Provide an overview of what you have learned. Highlight any contributions coming from a Symbolic Interactionist perspective.

Topic Examples
Helping Behavior, Group Dynamics, Aggression, Interpersonal Relations, Persuasion, Prejudice, Attitude & Social Cognition, Social Control

Use scholarly journals/books, at least 5 scholarly references are required. Include a bibliography using either MLA or APA citation style.

Find Background Information on Symbolic Interactionism

Find Background Information on Your Topic

Once you have a basic idea of your topic, look for information to help you narrow down the topic, focus on a specific question, and generate keywords for your searches.

In this part of the process you're just browsing around to see what you find. If you find something you're sure you want to look at later, make sure you keep track of it!

You can start with a look at resources like Wikipedia to get some basic definitions and background info. Next you can read some popular sources such as newspapers or magazines to look at some current issues and discussions of the topic. Then, look for some scholarly articles or books to see how scholars think and write about the subject that you're interested in. This will help you formulate a question and become familiar with the kinds of scholarly articles you'll be able to use to do your research.

Student Resources in Context is a good place to start with this basic research. It includes reference content, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.