Sample Psychology Paper on Understanding Challenges and Strategies

Understanding Challenges and Strategies

As you engage in the process of searching, analyzing the literature, and developing your annotated bibliography, you may face certain challenges and uncertainties. Are you having difficulties finding gaps in the literature? Do you know how to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant material? Are you able to clearly organize and structure your evaluation? Are you not able to discern common themes? Do you struggle with understanding why the annotated bibliography needs to be done?

In this Discussion, you will be able to share how you have thought through and responded to difficulties you have faced and also be able to offer suggestions to your colleagues on how they can respond constructively to the challenges they face.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review Chapter 4, “General Guidelines for Analyzing Literature” (pp. 31–42), in the Galvan text.
  • Review Chapter 9, “Dissertation Chapter 2: Literature Review, (pp. 89–91), in the Stadtlander text.
  • Review the following web resources:

Learning Resources:

  • Galvan, J. L. (2015). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (6th ed). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak.
    • Chapter 4, “General Guidelines for Analyzing Literature” (pp. 31–42)
  • Stadtlander, L. M. (2015).Finding your way to a Ph.D.: Advice from the dissertation mentor. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
    • Chapter 9, “Dissertation Chapter 2: Literature Review” (pp. 89–91)
  • Cornell University Library. (2015). How to prepare an annotated bibliography: The annotated bibliography. Links to an external site.Retrieved from
  • Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. (n.d.). Critically reading journal articles.Links to an external site.Retrieved June 5, 2016, from
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab. (2016). Annotated bibliography samplesLinks to an external site.. Annotated bibliography samples Retrieved from



  • This week’s Assignment:


  • Ask a probing question and provide the foundation, or rationale, for the question.


  • Expand on your colleague’s posting by offering a new perspective or insight or offering additional (new) supporting information for consideration.