Answered By: Alyssa Brissett
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2022     Views: 172

Literature reviews survey books, scholarly articles, and any other sources relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory. In social work, their purpose is to identify gaps or areas of controversy in the literature, help find what is known and not known on a topic, and formulate questions that need further research.

There is a short video in the Searching Strategies and Tips page of the Social Work Library Guide that discusses strategies for conducting literature reviews in social work.

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