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Social Work Research: Getting Started

This guide is tailored to help students taking the foundation research class at the School of Social Work.

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This guide is intended to provide you access to the resources you need to be successful in graduate-level social work research classes as well as tips and tools to effectively and efficiently use them. 

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Exploring the Issues

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.  

Example Searches:
human trafficking
forced OR coercive
Medicaid AND Medicare

Library Search

Search articles, journals, books, media, and more

Brainstorming Topics & Keywords

Coming up with search terms that will help you get to articles and other information on your research topic can be a challenging process.  The resources on this page are good for getting keyword ideas, as are article abstracts and the thesaurus function in APA PsycInfo.

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