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The use of current research is vital to the effective practice of social workers and human service administrators. Social workers base their interventions and models on evidence gathered from rigorous research. You will prepare a Literature Review on a specific topic related to your area of interest. For example, you may want to focus on research related to children in foster care, GLBT youth, or homeless women who have a mental illness. Your paper will include a written abstract, a review of relevant literature and a discussion section. The information you prepare in this paper should demonstrate that you understand your subject area. Please refer to the APA Manual and this link of a sample literature review paper https://owl.english.purdue.edu/media/pdf/20090212013008_560.pdf.
Refer to the rubric at the end of this syllabus for details on how the Literature Review will be assessed and graded.
A Literature Review Article is a critical evaluation of published material structured in the following format:
Define and clarify the problem you are examining;
Summarize previous investigations in order to inform the reader of the current state of research;
Identify relationships, contradictions, gaps and inconsistencies in the literature;
Suggest the next step or steps in solving the problem you chose to review.
Your paper should include:
Title page or cover page that has the running head, full title, your name, George Mason University Department of Social Work.
Abstract- This should be your second page, double-spaced and no more than 120 words. Your abstract should describe the topic in one sentence, the purpose of your paper, the sources used (e.g., personal observation, published literature), your conclusions and key words.
Introduction- The body of your paper opens with an introduction that presents the specific problem under study and describes the research strategy. Because the introduction is clearly identified by its position in the article, it is not labeled.
Review of the Literature- Develop the background of your issue but do not go into an exhaustive historical review. Demonstrate the logical continuity between previous and present work. What is your “working hypothesis” in studying the issue you selected?
Discussion- Evaluate and interpret the findings from the research you reviewed. State your approach to solving the problem under review, giving your rationale. Did your research review support or refute your original hypothesis? Include information regarding the limitations of the research you reviewed and generate alternative explanations for why you found what you found in the way of results. Discuss the different levels of systems involved.
Conclusion- Make a statement that speaks to the importance of your findings. For instance, why is the problem you examined important to social workers or to others outside this field
References- are prepared in APA format on a separate sheet of paper
Label all other headings that come after the Introduction. Double-space the body of the text, however single spacing is acceptable for tables, references, and long quotations. Double space references with a “hanging indent” and double space in between references.
You will need at least eight references. At least six references must be from peer reviewed scholarly journals and two references may be from internet sources. Limit the body of your paper to a minimum of eight pages and a maximum of twelve double-spaced pages. If you are using Internet sources, it is required you use information from prominent and/or respected advocacy organizations (e.g. Child Welfare League of America), government agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health), policy think tanks (e.g. Urban Institute, Brookings Institution, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities), and research organizations (e.g. Rand). Do not use Wikipedia as a reference.
The use of current research is vital to the effective practice of social workers and human service administrators. Social workers base their interventions and models on evidence gathered from rigorous research. You will prepare a Literature Review on a specific topic related to your area of interest.