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Resources and research tips for undergraduate and graduate Social Work students.

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Susie Skarl, Urban Affairs Librarian
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Fall 2022 MSW Orientation PowerPoint Slides

Welcome to the MSW Resource Guide!


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To Get You Started on the Road to Research & the Inquiry Process

Social Work Related Databases

Learn Effective Database Search Strategies


Learn Effective Database Search Strategies



  (The following are suggestions to improve your search results)



Use different search terms or key words

a.       Try using other words to describe your topic, it will give you better results. 

b.       Examples: veterans and PTSD, soldiers and PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder and war, PTSD and families

 Truncation or wildcard (*)

a.       This will locate alternate endings for your search term.

b.       Example - mar* to find marriage, marital, married, etc.

c.       Note: Some databases use different symbols; consult the help page for the correct symbol

 Try different databases

a.       Each database contains unique material, so searching a different database may yield more relevant research.

 Help page

a.       Each database has a page with tips to help you effectively search that resource.

Literature Review Resources

Tips for Searching on Google Scholar

APA Style Resources

Other Resources:


Organizing Your Research Using RefWorks

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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

Research Planner

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