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Social Work

This guide is to help students and faculty access credible resources related to Social Work.

Research Databases

These databases are a little more focused on specific topics than OneSearch or are not included in OneSearch.

Social Issues Research

Newspaper resources

Topic Development Tips

Not sure what to research? Here are a few ideas:

  • Look at a professional association's website to see what topics are currently trending (or follow them on social media)
  • Check out what researchers at other institutions are investigating in their Social Work departments
  • Use your textbook- which chapters or sections are most interesting to you?
  • Search for areas of interest in a reference source, like an encyclopedia (or textbook) to get more background information
  • Start with a big idea (i.e. "social work") and search it in a search engine or a the Library's OneSearch database; scroll through the results and look for items or keywords that jump out to you (i.e. social work and healthcare; social work and teenagers; social work and hospice; social work and libraries). You can build this into a list of keywords and/or a concept map to visually represent connections between the ideas you find interesting.
  • Look into other avenues for topic inspiration- maybe a podcast or newspaper editorial sparks your interest

The links below might help you get started with some of these ideas:

Journals of Interest

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