It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).
Considerable changes have taken place in conventions for reviewing previous research and other literature. These changes relate to two linked factors: first, the almost universal favouring of various more or less systematic modes of review over more traditional ‘narrative’ reviews, and second, the huge increase in searching power available through developments in technology. In this chapter we describe and critically comment on these developments, making evident the ways in which social work research has been influenced. We note how the method of systematic mapping may provide a useful foundation for research reviews. We discuss the differences between aggregative and configurative reviews and much of the rest of the chapter is devoted to a discussion of different forms of review that ...