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SWK 450: Applied Research: Mistakes to Avoid

This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills using the recommended resources.

Common Mistakes

  • You use emotional phrases in your literature review. There should be no subjectivity, personal opinion, unjustified claims or words of emotion;
  • Sources in your literature review do not clearly relate to the research problem;
  • It is too broad and the literature becomes too unwieldy;
  • You do not take sufficient time to define and identify the most relevant sources to use in the literature review related to the research problem;
  • Relies exclusively on secondary analytical sources rather than including relevant primary research studies or data;
  • Uncritically accepts another researcher's findings and interpretations as valid, rather than examining critically all aspects of the research design and analysis;
  • Does not describe the search procedures that were used in identifying the literature to review;
  • Reports isolated statistical results rather than synthesizing them in chi-squared or meta-analytic methods; and,
  • Only includes research that validates assumptions and does not consider contrary findings and alternative interpretations found in the literature.
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