Book Title: Guidebook for Social Work Literature Reviews and Research Questions

Authors: Rebecca L. Mauldin and Matthew DeCarlo

Book Description: This short guidebook provides information about selecting a research topic and research questions, searching for literature, reading and understanding scholarly writing, and writing a literature review to synthesize what is known and what remains to be learned about a social problem. For students who appreciate the availability of resources on the internet, it also provides links to additional materials. It can be used with its companion textbook, Foundations of Social Work Research by Rebecca L. Mauldin and Matthew DeCarlo, or as a stand-alone guide.

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As an introductory textbook for social work students studying research methods, this book guides students through the process of writing a literature review and determining research questions for a research project. Students will learn how to discover a researchable topic that is interesting to them, examine scholarly literature, and write a literature review. The guidebook is aligned with the Council on Social Work Education’s 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Students and faculty can download copies of this guidebook using the links provided in the front matter. As an open textbook, users are free to retain copies, redistribute copies (non-commercially), revise the contents, remix it with other works, and reuse for any purpose.


Rebecca L. Mauldin and Matthew DeCarlo



Research methods: general


Guidebook for Social Work Literature Reviews and Research Questions
Rebecca L. Mauldin and Matthew DeCarlo
Jandel Crutchfield, PhD and Brooke Troutman

This open textbook is based on the open textbook Scientific Inquiry in Social Work by Matthew DeCarlo.

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Research methods: general
Mavs Open Press
Publication Date
January 15, 2020
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