Literature Search Question (LSQ)
As we have discussed, a good LSQ is an effective rhetorical tool for scholars to identify the scope of an investigation. Remember, when writing an LSQ:
- Choose an appropriate topic or issue: one that is interesting and researchable.
- Compile a list of every question related to the topic that you would like answered.
- Choose a question that is not too broad, vague, or narrow.
Two examples of good questions are:
- What does the literature in psychology tell us about the relationship between anticipated stigma and medication adherence for Asian-Americans over 18 who are taking HIV medications?
- What does the literature in psychology tell us about the role of positive and negative reinforcement in toilet-training practices for children with autism ages 5–6 who are not yet toilet trained?
- Review the Unit 1 discussion that prepared you for this step.
- Submit a copy of your literature search question.
- Upload an organizing document for the LSQ search, such as the Database Research Log (linked in Resources).
- Note: As the search continues, the LSQ can change, but here you are writing about your starting point for your search.
- Refer to the scoring guide for detail about how your assignment will be graded.