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Social Work: A Search for Sources

Class Notes Version 1

SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH

 

Introduction to Research in General—Before you Begin

 

http://www.resmind.swap.ac.uk/

 

Social Work Research Methods                                  REF HV 11. S5924. 1999

 

Why do you do research?

            To contribute new understanding to your field of study

 

How do you research in your field?

            Dependent on statistics

            Dependent on field studies

            Dependent on interviews

                        How do you identify subjects for the interview?

                        How do you then contact them?

                        How do you find associations?

 

 

Using the Library for Your Research

            Search Strategy/Search Log (keeping track)

                        When to use reference materials: Background/Overview Information

                                    What are the differences:

                                                Handbook

                                                Encylopedia

                                                Directory

                                                Statistical Sources

                                                Organizations

                                                Indexes

                                    Using bibliographies in reference books

                                    Using reference books to understand subject trees

                        When to use books: Historical in nature

                                    Using the Molloy book catalog

                                                How to Analyze Data             REF HN29.S724

                                                How to Conduct Interviews by

                                                Telephone and In Person        REF HN29.S724

                                    Understanding Publishers

                        When to use journal articles

                                    Using print journals: evaluate the journal (HANDOUT)

                                                Read the mission statement

                                                Review the articles within—single subject publication?

 

                                                An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals

                         REF HV85.A93

Using online journals: abstracts and citations and full text (HANDOUT)               

                                    Using the correct databases and understanding what

                                    you see there (HANDOUT)

 

                        Internet Sources

                                    How to find organizations on the internet

                                                www.crdli.org

                                                Community Resource Directory for Long Island

                                                www.ipl.org

                                                Associations on the Web

 

                                    How to find statistics on the internet

 

                        What to do when materials are not at Molloy University

                        No one library can have everything.

                        ILL/RLP

                        Union Lists

                        Digital Collections and Online Books:

                                    http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books

                                    http://www.digitalbookindex.org/about.htm

                                    http://www.ulib.org/html/index.html

                                    http://www.cdl.library.cornell/edu/moa

                                    http://spartan.ac.brocku.ca/%7Elward

 

            Books in the reference collection: APA style manuals

            The Writing Center

 

Why do you provide citations in APA format?

To provide researchers with a road map of what you consulted and used in your research

                        To contribute to the literature of the field

 

 

Class Version 2

SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH SW360

 

Session One

 

Is There a Difference Between Popular Writing and Professional Writing?

            Book:  An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals

                         REF HV85.A93

 

Discussion:

            What is in a scholarly article:

                        Bibliography

                        About the Author

                        Charts

                        Graphs

                        Pedagogical Aids

 

Scavenger Hunt

A. Statistical Abstract—where it is; table number index

 

B. Social Work Research—the periodical room

Discussion: key words: controlled vocabulary—how you find material in your field

Bring Journal with you—we will take upstairs to the instruction room.

 

C. Social Work Abstracts—

            Handout: Indexes, Citations, Abstracts

            Discussion: why are citations and abstracts so important to you (history of )

            Bring Journal with you to Instruction room

 

Demonstration: Upstairs to computer room to look at these items online:

Social Work Abstracts

CSA Abstracts

 

D. “National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect”

            Handout: Evaluate Internet Sites

 

E.         Online Book Catalog:

            Handout: How to Be Critical About Book Sources

 

Discussion: When to use books

Historical in nature

Length of coverage

Understanding Publishers

 

Demonstration: Using the Molloy book catalog

 

Other books that might be helpful:

                                    How to Analyze Data             REF HN29.S724

                                    How to Conduct Interviews by

                                    Telephone and In Person        REF HN29.S724

                                               

 

                                               

                       

 

Session Two: Focus the Topic

            Handout: Search Strategy

                            Search Log

 

                                                Handbook

                                                Encyclopedia

                                                Directory

                                                Statistical Sources

                                                Organizations

                                                Indexes

                                    Using bibliographies in reference books

                                    Using reference books to understand subject trees

 

 

            Handout: Parts of a Database Record

 

            Demonstration:

                        Using databases  (CSA)

How databases are organized—subject specific databases

                        Used to see what the profession is writing

                        How to use social work materials in particular

                        How to see who is most cited (sort by author, cited in database)

                        Using database links

                                    Author/author email

                                    Journal

                                    Related Articles

                                    Article linker

                       

 

Other General Remarks:

 Books: Social Work Research Methods                                REF HV 11. S5924. 1999

 

 Web Site: http://www.resmind.swap.ac.uk/

 

Why do you do research?

            To contribute new understanding to your field of study

 

How do you research in your field?

            Dependent on statistics

            Dependent on field studies

            Dependent on interviews

                        How do you identify subjects for the interview?

                        How do you then contact them?

                        How do you find associations?

 

Being Creative in Doing Your Research:

How to find organizations on the internet

                                                www.crdli.org

                        Community Resource Directory for Long Island

                                                www.ipl.org

                        Associations on the Web

 

How to find statistics on the internet

 

What to do when materials are not at Molloy University

            No one library can have everything.

            ILL/RLP

            Union Lists

            Digital Collections and Online Books:

                                    http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books

                                    http://www.digitalbookindex.org/about.htm

                                    http://www.ulib.org/html/index.html

                                    http://www.cdl.library.cornell/edu/moa

                                    http://spartan.ac.brocku.ca/%7Elward

 

            Books in the reference collection: APA style manuals

            The Writing Center

 

Why do you provide citations in APA format?

To provide researchers with a road map of what you consulted and used in your research

                        To contribute to the literature of the field

 

 

 

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