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SWK 736: Advanced Standing Integrated Seminar (Overcamp-Martini, Tabrizi): Library Guides

Resources for advanced standing social work graduate students

What Is Empirical Research? (Utah State University)

Choosing & Narrowing Down Your Topic

Some suggestions on narrowing your topic:

For example, let's say you want to focus on the issues of foster care within social work. There are various aspects of foster care to write about. To narrow down this topic, ask the basic questions:

  • Who? - Race, ethnicity, age, gender, students, etc.
  • What? - Social issues, ethical considerations, medical concerns, discrimination, etc.
  • When? - Historical overview, current developments, future progress, etc.
  • Where? - Locally, regionally, nationally, urban cities, rural communities, etc.
  • How?  - For example: How are policymakers addressing the needs of foster care children, social workers, foster parents?

By applying these questions, you can narrow down your topic.


UNLV Research Databases

Refworks & Mendeley--Info & Help

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

Social Work-Related 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 after the keywords to limit to only government information.

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

Updating Your Barcode & Setting Up Interlibrary Loan Account

Interlibrary Loan​

The Interlibrary Loan department is here to help UNLV students, staff, and faculty access information that is not available from the UNLV Libraries. We are able to obtain most books, articles, conference papers, government publications, and dissertations through our network of lending libraries.

In order to register for and use our ILLiad Document Delivery system, you must have an active library account with no fines on it.

Log on (or create) an ILIAD account:

(If you do not have an account, click on "First Time Users Click Here" tab)

Need Help with APA?

SW736 Summer Semester 2022 Library Workshop PowerPoint

Urban Affairs Librarian

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