About this Guide
This guide was created for SK652 students. It provides information to help with the library research required for Assignment 2: Family Challenge.
Doing a Critical Review of the Literature
Reviewing the literature on a particular topic (e.g. trauma, divorce, family violence, etc.) means finding and reading the key research about that topic. A literature review is an up-to-date overview that includes the most pertinent research on a topic. Careful searching and selection are required.
- Doing a Literature Review (video: 5:40)
- Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide by Helen Aveyard (ebook)
- Chapter 4 "How Do I Search for Literature?" is particularly helpful
Finding Journal Articles
Once you've chosen a topic (i.e. the family challenge you have identified), a good place to start your research is the Library website.
- Finding Articles on a Topic (video: 5:58)
The Social Work Subject Guide provides a list of subject-specific databases to search for peer-reviewed articles.
Finding Books and Book chapters
Search the Library catalogue to find books on your topic.
Once you find a book on your topic, check the table of contents for chapter titles under the "Details" tab of the search result or take a look in the book itself.
What if the book you want isn't in Kitchener?
You can order a book from other libraries and have it shipped to Kitchener for easy pick-up.
- Requesting Books from Other Libraries in Primo (video: 1:40)
Citing Sources in APA, 6th Ed.
You'll find the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in the Kitchener Collection (BF76.7.P83 2010)
It's also important to know when to cite. Understanding Plagiarism (video: 4:48) is an essential academic skill.
Please get in touch, I'll be happy to help! You can email, phone, or drop-in: firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-884-0710 ext. 4973. I'm in my office, FSW304, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.