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Human Services: Children, Families, and Groups APA Lit Review

Learn to conduct research, format writing, and cite sources for Human Services.

Assignment Overview Handout

Understanding the Assignment

Assignment Overview:

To provide clients with the best services possible, human service professionals need to be knowledgeable on topics related to the clients they serve. Human Service professionals also need to know how to locate and utilize current statistics and other research for grant reports, newsletters, and community presentations.

This project will help you further develop and demonstrate your mastery of these skills.  You will choose a topic from an approved list. Next, locate 5 peer-reviewed journal articles related to your topic. Please do not use Wikipedia, Psychology Today, Healthline, WebMD, etc. Using at least 3 of the sources, produce a 4–6-page project that includes:

  • Title page in APA format
  • 2–3-page Lit Review on the topic that includes an introduction, 3+ body paragraphs, and a conclusion
  • Reference page in APA format
  • 12 point, Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • APA headings above each paragraph

Breaking Down the Lit Review--Step By Step

What is the best way to tackle this project?

The best approach to any big project involves breaking the process into smaller, more manageable tasks.  Here is a suggested breakdown of the project in 7 Steps:

  1. Step #1: Choose a Topic + Create Title Page
  2. Step #2: Find 5 Quality Sources (Peer Reviewed/Western Databases)
  3. Step #3: Create an APA Reference Entry for Each Source
    •  1st deadline… May 25th = DRAFT 1:  submit your Title page and Reference page to Keri for feedback
  4. Step #4: Read Sources Carefully (RECOMMENDED to do this between Week 3 and Week 4!)
    • Find Common Themes (these will become the HEADINGS in your paper)
    • Highlight/Take Notes/Identify Specific Evidence and Ideas for Paper

  1. Step #5: 2nd deadline…June 8th = DRAFT 2: Revisions + Intro and 1 Body Paragraph
    • Draft 2 = Revised Title Page, Headings for all Sections, Introduction plus 1st Body Paragraph with Citations, Revised Reference Page…submitted to Keri for feedback
  2. Step #6: 3rd deadline…June 22nd = DRAFT 3: Complete Full Draft of Lit Review
    • 3rd Deadline…Revisions from all prior submissions, plus intro, all body paragraphs, and conclusion
  3. Step #7: Final Copy of Project = July 13th
    • 4th Deadline: FINAL COPY of Lit Review, adhering to all APA standards, formal-academic writing style

What Exactly Is a Literature Review?

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