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Author’s Note

This guidebook to writing literature reviews would not be possible without the source material.  Dr. DeCarlo’s textbook is a comprehensive introduction to social work research methods.  I am grateful to him for his generosity and support.  I would like to thank Michelle Reed of the UTA Libraries for sharing their extensive knowledge and their guidance in compiling this guide.  Also from the UTA Libraries, Brooke Troutman provided guidance and contributed material.  Amanda Steed worked many hours to assist in this book’s creation and offered incisive insights to make this guide as useful to students as possible.  My appreciation also goes out to Teresa McIntyre, Diane Mitschke, and Regina Praetorius, three faculty members at the UTA School of Social Work, who reviewed the original source material for this guidebook and offered their suggestions for this guide.  Finally, I thank Jandel Crutchfield, also of UTA’s School of Social Work, for contributing material to the guidebook.

Project Lead

Rebecca L. Mauldin – Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington


Jandel Crutchfield – Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Matthew DeCarlo – Assistant Professor, Radford University

Brooke Troutman – Assistant Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington

About the Cover

Brittany Griffiths, UTA Libraries’ Publishing Specialist, designed the cover for this OER. The images used were taken by Ruben Espiricueta and were used with his permission.


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