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SWK 715: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Resources for reflection paper & literature review assignments.

Subject Guide

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UNLV Quick Search

Check out UNLV Library's Quick Search!

http://www.library.unlv.edu/

How Quick Search is similar to Google

  • Single search box
  • Prompts for spelling errors

How Quick Search is superior to Google

  • Sort, rank, and refine your results
  • Results that come from reliable library source
  • Built-in citation feature to help you cite your sources in the correct style
  • Allows you to save and share your results

UNLV Library Databases

As you are searching the databases for scholarly articles--try a variety of keywords and synonyms. Below are a few examples:

  • Chinese Americans and immigration
  • Jewish and traditions
  • German Americans and values
  • African Americans and position and privilege
  • Italain Americans and social mobility
  • Philippines and family and daughters

Examples for second assignment--family problems such as:

  • domestic abuse and effects on children
  • grandparents raising grandchildren and coping
  • alzheimers disease and caregiver stress

Google Scholar

RefWorks

RefWorks

Log Into "New" RefWorks

You can create a new account using your UNLV e-mail at the link above.  

Log Into "Legacy" RefWorks 

You can still use your "Legacy" RefWorks account, but it will be phased out by January 2018, so you may want to move your account to the New RefWorks. Using both old and New RefWorks within one document in Write-n-Cite can cause problems, so finish your projects before making the switch.

How To Transfer Citations From Legacy To New Account

If you had an account in the old version of RefWorks you will need to transition to the new version.  Login to your  RefWorks account from the main login page and then click the link in the far upper left corner of your account screen that reads, "Move to the newest version of RefWorks from ProQuest" to transfer all of your citations.

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

"New" RefWorks Instructions

Tools for Your Literature Review

"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.

Tutorials

Find Good Models

  •  Search for literature reviews in the UNLV Libraries databases!

Evaluating Info & Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

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