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Social Work

This guide includes resources focused on the interests and research needs of social work students, researchers and professionals.

Literature Reviews

A literature review is an account of what has been published by scholars and researchers, on a particular topic. You may be asked to write one as an assignment for class, or you may be writing one as part of the introduction to a research article or dissertation. In writing your literature review, you will identify the theories and previous research which have influenced your topic area. - Dena Bain Taylor

A literature review should:

  • Tell the reader what is known, or not known, about a particular issue/topic/subject
  • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a topic
  • Establish context or background for your argument
  • Help you develop your own ideas and perspective

RESOURCES

An Overview

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Examples of Literature Reviews

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