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Social Work

A guide for finding social work resources and information

Welcome to the Social Work Research Guide!

The pages on this guide will point you to some useful resources for your research on topics in Social Work. The menu on the left provides information on a variety of resources you may utilize during the research process. 

Please contact your liaison librarian with questions regarding the research process, locating the sources you need, and assistance in formatting reference citations. If you wish, you may schedule one-on-one research consultations by using the Schedule Appointment button.

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Featured Resources

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The field placement survival guide

Contains a collection of articles that address the multitude of issues that social work students in field placement face, including choosing a placement, getting prepared, using supervision effectively, working with clients, copies with challenges, and moving on to a successful social work career.

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The practicum companion for social work : integrating class and field work

This book guides students through their placement while reinforcing the link between social work theory and practice. It includes detailed information on the field/practicum experience from start to finish, including establishing a professional identity; working safely; making the most of practicum supervision; organizational issues; micro, mezzo, and macro social work practice; social work and the legal system; and terminating effectively from the practicum.

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Practice-based research in social work : a guide for reluctant researchers

Explores practice-based research (PBR) using numerous practice examples to actively encourage and engage students and practitioners to embrace research as a meaningful support for their practice.