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SWK 309 : Literature Review of Culture

A guide to help you answer the questions that are important to your assignment.

SWK 309 Mid-Term and Group Presentation Assignments

What is a literature review?

A literature review is

The process of reading, analyzing, evaluating, and summarizing scholarly materials about a specific topic.



Not to be confused with a book review, a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic.

What are Scholarly Resources?

"Scholarly Resources" are information resources that are relevant to academic research.  Scholarly information is created by scholars and experts.

There is a lot of information out there in magazines and the internet.  Some of the information is good, quality information and some of it is subjective, opinionated information. 

When you use the library's resources,  you make your search for "Scholarly Resources" easier. This includes print and online resources.

Scholarly Resources include:

  • Books
  • Journals (not magazines)
  • Newspapers
  • Government Reports (includes statistics and other data published by the government)

Sources like Wikipedia are great for "pre-search".  A Wikipedia article should give you enough information to get started with research by selecting keywords and and noting important aspects of a subject or event.  But, it is never appropriate for any bibliography or works cited page.