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SWK 715 (Marcal): Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Resources for upcoming SW 715 assignments

UNLV Quick Search

Check out UNLV Library's Quick Search!

http://www.library.unlv.edu/

How Quick Search is similar to Google

  • Single search box
  • Prompts for spelling errors

How Quick Search is superior to Google

  • Sort, rank, and refine your results
  • Results that come from reliable library source
  • Built-in citation feature to help you cite your sources in the correct style
  • Allows you to save and share your results

UNLV Library Databases

As you are searching the databases for scholarly articles--try a variety of keywords and synonyms. Below are a few examples for assignment #1:

  • domestic abuse and effects on children
  • grandparents raising grandchildren and coping
  • alzheimer's disease and caregiver stress

**Remember to search a wide range of keywords and synonyms

Google Scholar

 

Evaluating Info & Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Subject Guide

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Susie Skarl, Urban Affairs Librarian
Contact:
UNLV Libraries
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Las Vegas, NV 89154-7014
susie.skarl@unlv.edu
702-895-2141

RefWorks

 

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Create a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago
  • Import references from many data sources
  • Create bibliographies in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)
  • Include citations while you write your paper

"New" RefWorks Instructions

Citation Resources

Other Resources:

Resources for APA 6th Edition (Old Edition as of 2020):

Tools for Your Literature Review" Tips & Video

"Lit Review 101"

A literature review asks: What do we know - or not know - about this particular issue/ topic/ subject?

How well you answer this question depends upon:

  1. the effectiveness of your search for information
  2. the quality & reliability of the sources you choose
  3. your ability to synthesize the sources you select

Finding Government Information

Government information focusing on social work-related topics is abundant. You can also use Google to find government information. After you type in your keywords, then type in site:.gov after the keywords to limit to only government information.

Example: foster care site:.gov

Example: "child maltreatment" statistics site:.gov


Below are some general federal & state agency websites to get you started:

Assignment #2: Self-Reflection/Transition

In addition to Quick Search, EBSCO databases, government resources, and Google Scholar, you may want to check out the following think tanks:

So--let's say your transition was this: parents divorcing when you were an adolescent
You may want to try the following keywords on Quick Search & other databases:
divorce AND adolescents

divorce AND teenagers

parents AND divorce AND effects AND children (you may also want to change children to adolescents/teenagers)

Below are some examples of scholarly, popular, government, and think tank sources:

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