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SWK 315: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Resources to assist with research assignment

Distinguishing Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Library Databases--Keyword Searching

Try some keyword searching in the library databases. Here are some examples:

  • cross-cultural and elderly
  • Chinese Americans and elderly
  • multicultural and elderly and caregiving
  • Italian Americans and stage theory
  • African Americans and family systems perspective
  • Jewish Americans and family dynamics

Research Databases


Using QuickSearch

  • UNLV Libraries Quick Search
    You can limit to scholarly/peer reviewed journals on Quick Search & also limit to the Social Work discipline.

When to Use Quick Search:

  • you are first starting your research
  • to get ideas or background info you have had difficulty finding sources in other databases you need
  • an alternative to Google - easy searching but with more credible/reliable results

On the left sidebar, you can "Refine Your Search" a number of different ways--including by publication date & scholarly/peer reviewed sources.

Aging & Multicultural Web Resources

U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) (
The AoA website is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs, and services relating to aging, including information for elders and their families, information for professionals, and links to grant programs.

National Institute on Aging (NIA) (
The NIA's mission is to improve the health and well-being of older Americans through research. The agency's website provides links to health information, research programs, and funding and training.

U.S. Senate Special Commission on Aging (
The Special Committee on Aging serves as a focal point in the Senate for discussion and debate on matters related to older Americans. The site contains links to hearings, help with prescriptions, legislation tracking, and Start.

Families& Living Arrangements, U.S. Census Bureau (
Demographic characteristics of households and families are collected annually in the March Current Population Survey (CPS) for the Nation.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:

US Census Bureau, Aging Population Resources:

Subject Guide

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