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Social Work Resources (ROLE)

Guide for Social Work Resources ROLE and research for SWK 500 and SWK 510

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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 librarianYou 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) or chat with us online. 

Research Tip


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 Work research, 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.