The book that established itself as a standard text and reference work for students seeking to master research methods and procedures in psychology has been updated and revised in this new edition! The Second Edition of The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants once again offers a comprehensive guide for understanding and conquering the entire research process. Editors Frederick T. L. Leong and James T. Austin have assembled a distinguished group of expert researchers who share skill sets accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology.
Reading, understanding, and reviewing prior work on your research topic are critical steps in the research process. The work that people have already reported will lay the foundation for your research by helping to describe what is known and unknown. Previously published work will also help to identify gaps in research and areas of controversy.
Prior chapters have discussed the planning of your research (Chapter 1) as well as selecting and refining your topic (Chapter 2). It is especially important to understand your topic clearly, define its major points, and narrow it sufficiently to permit a successful review of the literature. Succeeding chapters will discuss critical evaluation of sources (Chapter 4) and writing your paper (Chapters 23–26). This chapter provides an ...