do we do a literature review?
see what has and has not been investigated.
develop general explanations for observed variations
in a behavior or phenomenon.
To identify potential relationships between concepts
and to identify researchable hypotheses.
To learn how others have defined and measured
identify data sources that other researchers have
develop alternative research projects.
discover how a research project is related to
the work of others.
Excerpted from Johnson, J. (1991) Political science
research methods Washington, DC: C.Q Press.