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APA Style Manual, 7th ed., 2020

The latest APA Style Manual is only available in print.  The following resources offer you explanations & examples and supplement the most current edition.


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Conducting a Literature Review

Many research techniques will serve your needs to conduct a highly relevant literature review:

  • Consider evaluating resources based on Currency, Relevancy, Accuracy, Authority and Purpose.
  • Think of the context of your work - function, form and access.
  • identify the subject matter to find appropriate databases that cover the subject area and the specific problem you are investigating
  • Use the Advanced Search function if there is one - so you can search by constituency/population of topic, language, etc
  • Truncate words for all right handed forms of words
  • Consider the value of a Review article
  • Filter search for journal articles, peer-reviewed or scholarly content
  • Determine the output results - by date or by relevancy
  • Use Find@UC or UCeLinks to read fulltext if not noted in the citation/entry
  • Use references in bibliography to seek other references; also consider cited work going forward from publication work
  • Send results to yourself via eMail
  • Look at Subject Headings or Descriptors to help inform the keywords you will assign to your entries
  • Cite articles using APA format


Introduction to Guide

Welcome to this course, an upper-division writing course that introduces you to methods and resources that will support naturalistic field research.  You will work at the intersection of natural environments and environment & behavioral theories.  This guide will offer you some hints and strategies as well as resources that will support your assignment of a research paper and some hints for working on the Extra Credit Options:

Students enrolled in this course come as majors in each of Social Ecology's Departments.  For each department the subject librarian has created a Resource Guide highlighting the resources in the covered disciplines:

Remember that the preparation and results for leading or conducting a Focus Group are different than participating in one.  Some background information may include these guides:

Databases that maybe particularly useful to consult about your research topic and refined by Focus Group include the following and one caveat, articles published by Elsevier in 2019 & 2020 are not available without requesting them individually using the REQUEST function, after you click through the UCeLinks icon for each article:

Research Resources - you should refine your search by using the left sidebar that allows you to restrict your search to Peer Reviewed or Scholarly Journal Articles; available fulltext; published in certain years for currency

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