The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.

Literature Reviews

Literature Reviews

Karen M. Sowers Rod Ellis Adrienne Dessel

The literature review is a foundational stage in the development of any research project. During this stage, researchers gain information regarding the current knowledge base in their areas of interest, refine their conceptualizations and operationalizations, and identify problems that are likely to arise during their studies.

The literature review is an important step in the research process. Its results provide the groundwork for every other stage of the study. It helps the researcher to learn about previous studies, anticipate and avoid problems in their own research, define concepts, identify measures, and select design. The literature review is equally important to the reader of the research report because ...

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