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Welcome! You have reached the Social Work Subject Resource Guide! Please use the tabs above to find books, articles, news items, internet resources and more to find information for Social Work. If you have any questions or  comments about this guide you can contact me directly or use any of our Ask-a-Librarian services.

 

Top Ten Things to Know about Finding Information

10. Don’t wait till the last moment to start your research!
Research is long and quarters are short: if we don’t have something you need, we can probably get it for you elsewhere, but not instantly.

9. Research is a word game.
Try various techniques to improve the accuracy of your searches: use AND and OR to combine groups of search terms, truncation (wild card searching), phrase searching, search limiters, etc. Use Search Strategy Builder to help construct good searches.

8. Google doesn’t have everything.
Hard to imagine, but Google only provides access to a fraction of 1% of what’s “out there” on the web. Learn to use other tools to find information that’s “invisible” to Google.

7. Use Advanced Search features.
Many databases include “Advanced Searching.” By using it, you can quickly and easily improve the accuracy of your searches—and have fewer but higher quality search results.

6. A lot of things aren’t online at all.
Alden Library alone—to say nothing of other libraries in Ohio and elsewhere—has millions of books, articles, documents, videos, etc. that aren’t online. Anywhere. Visit us; we’ll help you find ‘em.

5. Use Wikipedia—and other encyclopedias—carefully.
Encyclopedias can be great places to get beginning background info, and for references to major books, articles, etc. on a topic. But they’re usually not something you can use as one of your sources for a paper or other project.

4. Evaluate! Evaluate! Evaluate!
Don’t believe everything you read. Or see. Or hear. It’s up to you to determine if the information you are using is reliable or not. Librarians can help with this, too!

3. Research is not a straight line.
It's a process, a spiral, an evolution. One piece of new info can take you back to places you've already been. You may need to change course, even reverse direction from time to time.

2. Find more sources than you think you’ll need.
Some sources that you’ll find just won’t work for your research needs. But, if you collect “extra” sources at the beginning, you probably won’t have to backtrack and re-do your searches later.

1. Ask a Librarian!
Don’t let the frustration level build up too much before you ask for help: In person. Online chat. Phone. Email. Skype. Instant messaging. Make an appointment. Ask us!

 

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Keri Shaw is the Field Education Instructor in the Social Work Program in the Department of Social and Public Health. Her contact information is:

Morton Hall 567

Athens, OH 45701-2979

Tel: 740-593-9773

 Email: shawk@ohio.edu

 

Social Work Faculty Liasion

 

Dr. Solveig Spjeldnes is the professor and course coordinator for the Social Work Policy Classes. Her contact information is:

Office: 577 Morton Hall

Phone: (740)593-1321

Email: spjeldne@ohio.edu

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