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SWK 715 (Wiederholt, Edmonds): Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Resources for upcoming SW 715 assignments

UNLV Quick Search

Check out UNLV Library's Quick Search!

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

Assignment #1: Let's say you want to focus on: 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)

and be sure to try adding the theories you are discussing in class, such as systems theory, psychodynamic theory, etc.


Assignment #2: As you are searching the databases for scholarly articles--try a variety of keywords and synonyms. Below are a few examples: 

  • 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

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



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:


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 after the keywords to limit to only government information.

Example: foster care

Example: "child maltreatment" statistics

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

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