Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis

Course #: SK312-BR

About this Guide

This guide was created for SK312-BR students. It provides information about doing a literature review, finding sources, developing a research question, and citing.

What is a Literature Review?

Reviewing the literature on a particular topic means finding and reading the most important research about that topic.

Finding Sources About Your Topic

A good place to start your literature review is the Library website. You'll probably find different types of sources useful for your assignment (e.g. books, articles, etc.). Sometimes you'll need to look in different places for different types of sources.

Always remember that help from a librarian is available (please see contact information at the bottom of the page)!

a. Finding Journal Articles

You can search for journal articles in the library catalogue, or in a Social Work database such as Social Work Abstracts.

b. Finding Books

Search the Library catalogue to find books on your topic.

What if the book you want isn't online or in Brantford?

You can order a book from other libraries and have it shipped to Brantford for easy pick-up.

c. Finding Government Information and Data

Get in touch! In addition to a Social Work Librarian, Meredith Fischer, we have a Government Information Librarian, Hélène LeBlanc, and a Data Librarian, Michael Steeleworthy, who can help. You can connect with any one of us.

  • CANSIM, Statistics Canada's key socio-economic database

Developing a Research Question

Citing Sources in APA, 6th Ed.

You'll find the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in the Brantford Collection (BF76.7.P83 2010).

It's also very important to know When to Cite (video: 2:01).


Please get in touch, I'll be happy to help!

  • Meredith Fischer, Social Work Librarian