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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.


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. 

Need help? Ask a Librarian.

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.

Meet Your Librarian

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Stacy Collins
Stacy is the Research & Instruction Librarian for the Children's Literature and Social Work programs. She can help with your research or library-related questions⁠—weird and silly questions especially welcome!

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