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SWK 795: Capstone Seminar (Overcamp-Martini & Bergquist)

Resource guide for SWK 795

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How Can You Tell When an Article is Peer-Reviewed?

Generally, by limiting your search to Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed sources, you will be able to find what is required for your Capstone paper. However, on occasion (such as when you're searching Google Scholar), you might not be certain if the article is peer reviewed. Go to the Ulrichs database (listed below) to find out if the article is peer-reviewed.

When UNLV Libraries Doesn't Own Material That You Need

Interlibrary Loan​

The Interlibrary Loan department is here to help UNLV students, staff, and faculty access information that is not available from the UNLV Libraries. We are able to obtain most books, articles, conference papers, government publications, and dissertations through our network of lending libraries.

In order to register for and use our ILLiad Document Delivery system, you must have an active library account with no fines on it.

DDS Requests can be made 24 hours a day using the ILLiad Document Delivery system. Please check the Library Catalog (for book and journal titles) and the UNLV Print and Online Journal Subscriptions (for journal titles) before making requests for materials we do not own.

Use the links below to access our services:

Log on (or create) an ILIAD account:






UNLV Library Databases

Locating an Article with a Citation

Let's say you discover a great article through an author's bibliography. How do you find out if UNLV has access to it? Below are the steps to locate a journal article with a citation.

Citation example: 

Title: Preventing Teen Pregnancy & Academic Failure: Experimental Evaluation of a Developmentally Based Approach

Author: Joseph P. Allen, et al

Child Development Vol. 68(4) Aug. 1997 pp. 729-42

To find out if we have access to this citation, go to the A to Z list of journals link, then type in the name of the journal: Child Development

Find journals by title or ISSN


Then, you will be able to see which databases carry the 1997 edition:

Refworks--Info & Help

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Create a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago
  • Import references from many data sources
  • Create bibliographies in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)
  • Include citations while you write your paper (using Write-n-Cite plugin)
  • Access your personal account from any computer connected to the internet

Google Scholar

Click on the UNLV Find Text link to see if the library subscribes to the publication.

Evaluating Info & Scholarly vs. Popular Handout

Literature Review Resources

"Lit Review 101"

A literature review asks: What do we know - or not know - about this particular issue/ topic/ subject?

How well you answer this question depends upon:

  1. the effectiveness of your search for information
  2. the quality & reliability of the sources you choose
  3. your ability to synthesize the sources you select

Begin with a Synthesis Matrix

As you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way.

A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.


Find Good Models

  •  Search for Literature Reviews
    Look for other literature reviews in your subject area to see how they are written.
    **Thank you to John Glover for permission to use this guide from VCU.**
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