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SWKG 685 - Selected Topics: Child Welfare: Literature Review

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a critical review of the relationship among different works and relating these works to your research question or hypothesis. Likewise, it is not an annotated bibliography, which is a broad overview and synopsis of literature related to your focused topic (Mongan-Rallis, 2014). Sometimes it is helpful to see how someone else has done their literature review. The following article is an example of a literature review.

Rizzo, V. M., & Rowe, Jeannine M. (2006). Studies of the cost-effectiveness of social work services in aging: a review of the literature. Research on Social Work Practice, 16(1), 67-73. doi: 10.1177/1049731505276080


Mongan-Rallis, H. (2014, November 21). Guidelines for writing a literature review. Retrieved from

Literature Review Resources

Listed below are a few eBook and print books through the George Fox University Library(ies) that will provide more information on creating a successful literature review. For eBooks, you must have either Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire software downloaded on your device to enable offline reading.