Welcome to ROLE: Real Online Experience for Social Work
As new Adelphi University Social Work students, the first thing you need to know is that the librarians and staff of Swirbul Library are here to help you!
Using the library can be confusing. We have many resources & services that are available for you. The Library component of Social Work ROLE is designed to introduce you to some of these resources and services. This pathfinder is designed to compliment the library session and provide you a permanent guide to the resources you were introduced to in the session.
If you have difficulty finding what you need or don't know where to begin feel free to ask a librarian. You can usually find a librarian at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. The Reference Desk is staffed more than 60 hours each week. You can also reach us by phone (516-877-3574)
Your Virtual Library
You can access Alicat, the library catalog, as well as our databases and journals from home. Just use your Adelphi universal login and password.
The resources on the following pages were selected because they are useful for social work research. The resources include scholarly books, e-books, and article databases that contain academic peer reviewed journals relevant to Social Welfare history, and reliable websites from universities, the U. S. government and reliable organizations.
- Your faculty member only wants to see valid, reliable, authoritative, sources for your research. That means sources written by experts or scholars who have credentials in the field that they are writing about.
- Google and Wikipedia are usually not the best place to start. Keep in mind Google will give you thousands of hits but many will not be academically sound. Wikipedia is great for an overall outline of a topic, but content may not be authoritative. Google Scholar, however, can be most useful.
The pages in the Guide each have a box asking for feedback--Is this page useful?--for your research. I would appreciate any comments and suggestions you might offer!