About this Guide
This guide was created for SK632 students. It provides information to help with the library research required for Assignment 3: Final Paper.
Doing a Literature Review
A literature review is an up-to-date overview of the most important research about a specific topic. It only includes the most pertinent literature on the topic, so 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
The Social Work Subject Guide is the best place to start your research once you've chosen a topic (i.e. a crisis situation). There, you'll find a list of subject-specific databases to search for peer-reviewed journal articles.
Database Search Tips
There are several different tactics you can use to improve your search results. Check out the videos below to find out more.
- Better Searching Using AND, OR, NOT (video: 4:04)
- Better Searching Using Keyword Shortcuts (video: 3:00)
- Finding More Sources (video: 3:24)
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.
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