Social Work - III. Social Welfare Policy

This is a Social Work research guide. It offers a variety of information to help you with your research needs

Social Welfare Policy Research

Questions to Consider:

  1. When your interviewee was using the program, what version of the law/policy was being used at that time? What sections of that law related to that program?
  2. In addition, was is the most current version of the law; the one we use today?
  3. What does the NASW (Social Work Speaks book- found on Reserves at the Library's 4th floor desk) state about your program? Note: the book may not use the same terminology that you may think.
  4. In there a similar program/policy in another country?

In Other Words:

  1. You will need to know how the law/policy operated for your interviewee's timeframe when they used the program.
  2. You will also need to find the most current version of this law.
  3. The Social Work Speaks book will give you a summary of the NASW stances on your topic. You may need to think of different ways to describe your topic to find a relevant chapter in the book.
  4. Find a similar program/policy to the one your interviewee used in another country.


  • ProQuest Congressional - find your original law, amendments, recent version, and congress proceedings and cases related to our law/problem
  • Google search for searching several organizational websites at once- may find information on foreign country policy.
    • (food assistance OR nutrition program AND Canada)
    • You could do .gov as well
  • The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy & Research -- check out the United Nations too
    • Note these are both .org sites so the Google trick shown above would find these sites.
  • CQ Researcher - basically this is a more legitimate version of Wikipedia and a good place to look for background information on topics/problems.
  • LexisNexis - especially good for news, legal sources, and business. Includes national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources;