SOCW 2361 (Dr. Melody Loya): Introduction to Social Work
Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library that will make research for your social work assignments easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
- Provide in-depth, scholarly articles, focused on a specific subject or discipline. Often include bibliographies.
- The Blackwell encyclopaedia of social work
- HV12 .B53 2000 (Reference)
- Single volume, brief scholarly articles with references. Primarily British perspective.
- Encyclopedia of social work
- HV35 .S6 1995 and HV35 .S61 1997 Supp. (Reference)
- Detailed articles about social work, with bibliography for each article. Three volume set with later supplement, complete index in each volume.
- The social work and human services treatment planner
- HV689 .S63 2000 (NetLibrary)
- Step by step instructions for developing individualized treatment plans for clients with a variety of circumstances, such as homelessness, addiction, abuse, etc.
- The social work dictionary
- HV12 .B37 2003 (Reference)
- In addition to brief terminology definitions, includes common acronyms and a chronology of key developments in the field.
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as JUVENILE CRIME
- the general LC subject heading JUVENILE DELINQUENCY--PREVENTION.
- Use the subject term SOCIAL SERVICE for items about the activities of social work, but use SOCIAL WORK ADMINISTRATION or SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION for those specialized areas of the field.
- Journals for social work can be found by doing a subject search for SOCIAL SERVICE PERIODICALS
Provide current information
- Cornette Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals and magazines
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only.
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract).
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- Academic Search Complete
- General cross-disciplinary database, mostly full-text. is activated.
- Social Work Subject Guide
- Suggests other databases that have social work content. Also check the subject guides for sociology and psychology.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- one or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- a link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- a link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- a link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Or call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Or use the library's Ask a Librarian Form online.
- The World Wide Web is an excellent source of information.
- Not everything found on the Web is accurate.
- You must evaluate information on the Web.
Social Work Web Site
- National Association of Social Workers
- Professional Association for your profession. Provides information about the profession, conferences, continuing education, pay issues, and legal issues.
- Searchable lists of annotated web sites, discussion lists, and electronic journals that have met specific selection criteria.
- Scout Report Archives
- Searchable annotations of almost 17,000 sites.
- Records are dated, sourced, and contain site descriptions, descriptors, rankings, and language.
- INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
- Describes and links to tens of thousands of sites of scholarly interest.
- Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
- ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
- Annotates more than 12,000 sites, with emphasis on general public interest.
- Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in a failing grade or expulsion!
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
APA Citation Style
- Ms. Loya requires you to use APA citation style
- One copy of the newest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is located at the Reference Desk, and a second copy is on reserve at the Circulation desk and may be checked out for two hours.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth