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Health Psychology Literature Reviews: Step #1 -- Choose a Topic

Step #1 -- Choose your topic

  • Choose a topic that interests you --  you'll be spending a lot of time with it!

  • Brainstorm different ideas.

  • Do some preliminary searches to see if you can find information on your topic.

  • Refine your topic until it is manageable -- don't choose a topic that is too broad or too narrow!

       TOO BROAD:  "Smoking Cessation Programs"
       JUST RIGHT:  "Use of Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation"

  • Write it out as a statement.

Examples of Literature Reviews