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Social Work Research - A Guide for Social Work Majors: Start Here

School of Social Work Research Guide

This is a 7 step guide on doing effective research for social work students. The resources are posted in sequential order below and in the tabs. The block on the right contains useful information on what is involved in research while the steps below contain the resources that you can utilize for your research.  As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us by using the chat option or contact information on the main page. 

Steps in your research process

Good research involves taking the time to understand the project requirements, choose a topic, perform background research on your topic, craft the research questions/thesis, search for evidence and then finally write your paper. If you are new to research, we strongly recommend that you first review the links on the right hand side. After you have done that, we then recommend that you start with the steps outlined below.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Step 1: Look up key words to get a broad understanding of the topic topic by using the following dictionaries. 

Step 1.1: Search the Oxford Reference Library

Oxford Reference OnlineSearch also the Oxford Reference Library which brings together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, Oxford Reference. You will find results that range from short-entry, general reference to more in-depth articles on specialized subjects. .


Masland Online Catalog Search-sm

Step 2. Search the Masland Library Catalog by Keyword, Author etc. to determine what resources are available onsite.


Step 3: Search the Online Databases

Step 3. Browse best bets Databases for Social Work. This option is also on the second tab above.

Social Work Databases

Seach Journals: Online and In-Print

Step 4. Search Journals (online and in-print). Note also the tab on the top of this guide.

Journals: Online and in-print


Step 5: Search specifically for eBooks and Books to research your topic in-depth. Search from the link below or from the Books/eBooks tab above.

Search for eBooks and Books


Search ALL Masland Library Resources: Online and Onsite Including Databases and eBooks

Step 6. Also Search ALL the Masland Library Resources: Online and Onsite including Databases and eBooks

Encore Library Search

Search DVDs, Videos and Other Resources

Step 7. Search DVD's and Videos. Note also the tab above.

DVDs and Videos

Interlibrary Loan

If you have exhausted all the resources listed in the steps above and you still cannot locate the item for your research, we can still get the resources for you via Interlibrary Loan. See info. here for more details.  

Search All Library Resources

This tool will search for books, ebooks, journals, etc. Filter by the controls on the left after you perform your search.

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Help and Other Resources