ROUTE #1: Getting Started
ROUTE #1: Chapter-by-Chapter

What to consider when reading review articles

Review articles vary considerably in their scope and presentation. However, there are a number of things to look out for in these articles that can help you to get a good understanding of the broader literature and the place of your main journal article in it: (a) the use of definitions; (b) perspectives or dimensions; (c) antecedents of a construct or sub-field; (d) measurement procedures and measures; and (e) conceptual frameworks.

Review articles can help with one further task: making sure that very similar research has not already been conducted and published; research that is very similar to your main journal article. If such research does exist, these journal articles will be particularly important when it comes to STEP TWO: Critically evaluating the main journal article and its components, which we discuss next.

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