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Social Work: Resources

Getting Started

This guide will help you find Social Work resources available through the Alverno library.

Logging in from off campus? All Alverno electronic resources are available from off campus. Use your Alverno Network Login to access our resources from off campus.

Citing in APA

NoodleTools helps create accurate citations, reference lists, and annotated bibliographies. For best results, we recommend that you use it in conjugation with the APA manual or Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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Need more resources? Visit the library's Citing Sources LibGuide.

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Sample APA Papers

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Looking for a sample APA paper? Purdue's OWL provides a fully formatted APA paper.

 

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Formatting an annotated bibliography.

Videos

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Click here to access  videos for social work and psychology students.

Finding Books

TOPCAT online catalog link

To find books located at the Alverno Library, visit the library home page and use the TOPCAT search box. TOPCAT can be used to find items that your instructor put on Reserve for your class or to find textbooks. You can also use TOPCAT to search for and request books from other libraries in the SWITCH consortium. Questions? Please contact a librarian for assistance.

To find ebooks available through the library, use the eBooks search box located on the
library home page or click here to begin your search.

Looking for new books or electronic books? Click the tabs located above this box.

You can find many useful books, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles in electronic format by doing a search in the PsycBOOKS database. A link to it can be found on the library's Databases by Subject - Psychology & Social Work page. Here is a direct link to PsycBOOKS.

Try searching in this database for "Social Work." 

 

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Finding Journal Articles

To find articles on a topic: Visit the library's Databases by Subject page and select Psychology & Social Work. Search for articles in any of the selected databases.

Not sure where to begin? PsycINFO is highly recommended for finding scholarly articles on a wide variety of psychology topics. Information on using PsycINFO is available here and PsycINFO tutorials are available here and here

PsycARTICLES is another useful database. It is a subset of PsycINFO containing full text scholarly articles from American, British, Canadian and Australian sources on many, but not all psychology topics.
 

To find an article when you have a citation: Visit the library's home page and use the Google Scholar link to search the content of Alverno Library's databases as well as the "free" web. Enter the article title into the Google Scholar search box and look for the full text links on the right side of the page. Not finding what you need? Use TOPCAT, Alverno's e-Journal portal, or Interlibrary Loan to obtain a copy of your article.

Finding Websites

Anybody can and anybody will post anything online. So, how do you find the good stuff? By visiting the library's Best Websites for Social Work and the library's  Best Websites for Psychology. These quality websites have been vetted by Alverno librarians and are a great place to find free information online.

Not finding what you need? Try using these criteria (courtesy of Kent State University) to evaluate the quality of websites that you find on your own.

Another tip is to use Google's Advanced Search feature which allows you to limit a search by domain. For example, limiting a search to .gov or .edu will only retrieve websites published by government bodies or accredited post secondary educational institutions.

Some Useful Social Work Websites

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Founded in 1955, NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Association of Social Workers: Code of Ethics
On August 4, 2017, the NASW Delegate Assembly approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996.

Relevant & Related LibGuides

Citing Sources - Is APA driving you crazy? We can help. 

Ebooks LibGuide - Downloads, tutorials, and other helpful information on making the most of our ebooks.

Psychology LibGuide - One stop shopping for Psychology information

Source Evaluation Libguide - This guide will help you determine a source's credibility.

Writing a Literature Review - Books, articles, and more on crafting an excellent lit review.

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