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This capstone is a systematic review of the research on written code switching (CS). There were five guiding research questions. What kinds of written CS have been studied and in what context? What structural/grammatical constraints are found? What are the functions of CS in written data? To what extent do the structures and functions of written CS correspond to that of oral CS? What does the above suggest for further research and investigation? The systematic review identified CS in social media as an important topic of research that is particularly relevant for educators who work with dual-language learners. An in-depth review found that the research in written CS in social media has largely focused on the sociolinguistic aspects of CS and has identified motivations for CS that have important implications for educators. These motivations include using CS to create a sense of identity or intimacy among those using social media.