Welcome to the library resource guide for Char Schuler's Development of Social Welfare course. This orientation will cover the following:
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition) defines literature reviews in the following way:
Literature reviews...are critical evaluations of materials that have already been published. By organizing, integrating and evaluating previously published materials, authors of literature reviews consider the progress of research toward clarifying a problem. In a sense, literature reviews are tutorials, in that authors:
The components of literature reviews can be arranged in various ways (e.g., by grouping research based on similarity in the concepts or theories of interest, methodological similarities among the studies reviewed, or the historical development of the field).