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Social Welfare Policies & Services: Getting Started

This guide is designed to help students with their projects for Social Work Policy and Macro Social Work classes.

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Using this Social Welfare Policies & Services Guide

As you delve into social welfare policies & services you'll probably find you need different kinds of information to address different parts of your projects.

This guide is designed to connect you to resources in which to find information like historical & socio-political contextual information, demographic statistics, advocacy and non-profit organizations, government programs & legislation, research.

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These collections can help define your topic, connect you to books, journals, images and related concepts, and will give you multiple, up-to-date opinions on currents events and trends.  

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Reference Books

Here are several books from our Reference Collection that will help give you background information on social work topics.

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Financial Information

Looking for information on an organization's mission, programs, and finances? Try using their Form 990.