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Using A Literature Review
A literature review is a very practical part of the research process. It's how you build on other research in the field - identify best practices and tools and learn what doesn't work. The resources on the page are here to help you structure you literature review so it's as useful as possible.
Also take a look at any literature reviews you find as you search for articles - in addition to content and further references they'll also provide helpful structural hints.
Social Work Literature Review Guidelines
Literature reviews are designed to do two things: 1) give your readers an overview of sources you have explored while researching a particular topic or idea and 2) demonstrate how your research fits into the larger field of study, in this case, social work.
Considerations in Writing a Literature Review
This article will briefly outline key points for you to keep in mind when writing literature reviews for social work.
Undertaking a literature review: a step-by-step approach
The purpose of this article is to present a step-by-step guide to facilitate understanding by presenting the critical elements of the literature review process. While reference is made to different types of literature reviews, the focus is on the traditional or narrative review that is undertaken, usually either as an academic assignment or part of the research process.
Conducting a Literature Review & Other Research Methods
What is a Literature Review?
"Literature reviews are systematic syntheses of previous work around a particular topic. Nearly all scholars have written literature reviews at some point; such reviews are common requirements for class projects or as part of theses, are often the first section of empirical papers, and are sometimes written to summarize a field of study. Given the increasing amount of literature in many fields, reviews are critical in synthesizing scientific knowledge."
- Encyclopedia of Research Design
Thinking About A Literature Review
Literature Reviews: An Overview