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Social Work Resources: Writing Guides

MSU Writing Center

MSU Writing Center logoThe MSU Writing Center can assist with your writing, editing, grammar, citing references, and more.  Appointments may be scheduled online.

Writing Handbooks

Listed below are a small selection of writing handbooks to help you get started.  For a list of additional books, try a subject search in the library catalog for Report Writing -- Handbooks Manuals etc.  You may also try browsing in the following call number areas:

  • LB 2369 (3 East) (online browse)
    Handbooks on writing reports, research papers, theses and dissertations
  • PE 1408 (4 East) (online browse)
    Books on writing, rhetoric, and composition

Literature Reviews

Writing a Literature Review

The literature review can be either a specific type of standalone research paper, or a section of a research paper.

  • Social Work Literature Review Guidelines
    This handout provides an overview of how to write literature reviews in the field of social work. It provides a list of suggestions and examples. From Purdue OWL.
  • Literature Reviews Video Tutorial
    This video is provides an overview of the literature review process aimed at graduate students. Produced by North Carolina State University Libraries.

Recommended reading:

  • Boote, D. N., & Beile, P. (2005). Scholars Before Researchers: On the Centrality of the Dissertation Literature Review in Research Preparation. Educational Researcher, 34(6), 3–15. doi:10.3102/0013189X034006003
  • Dunne, C. (2011). The place of the literature review in grounded theory research. International Journal Of Social Research Methodology, 14(2), 111-124. doi:10.1080/13645579.2010.494930
  • Reviewing the Literature. (2005). In Jerry J. Wellington, A. Bathmaker, C. Hunt, G. McCulloch, & P. Sikes (Eds.), Succeeding with Your Doctorate. (pp. 73-92). SAGE Publications Ltd. Online
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