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Social Work 510 Research: Getting Started


Welcome to Social Work Research

Welcome to Social Work Research

This guide provides social work students with the necessary research knowledge and skills to enable them to access and critically evaluate the social work research knowledge base, as required for effective evidence-based practitioners.  

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, reports, and authoritative websites.

  • 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.

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.

Coordinator of Instructional Services/Reference Librarian

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Prof. Jason Byrd
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