Social Work 300
DIVERSITY: IDENTITIES AND ISSUES
A Guide to Library Resources for Social Work 300
Library Session Goals | Scholarly Research | Reference Resources | Articles | Statistics | Books & Journals | Citing Sources | Research Assistance
Social Work 300: This introductory course explores multiple dimensions of diversity in a pluralistic and increasingly globalized society. Using a social work strengths perspective as well as historical, constructivist, and critical conceptual frameworks; the course examines issues of identity, culture, privilege stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. The social construction and implications of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference is examined at individual, interpersonal, and systems levels. Students are expected to use the course material to explore their personal values, biases, family backgrounds, culture, and formative experiences in order to deepen their self-awareness and develop interpersonal skills in bridging differences. Finally, students apply learning from the course to identify characteristics of effective social work and other health and human service provision among people culturally different themselves; and to identify opportunities for change contributing to prejudice reduction and cross-cultural acceptance at home, work and in society.
LIBRARY SESSION GOALS
1. Identify sources of social work research and evidence.
2. Understand how to structure an article database search.
3. Practice search in Social Services Abstracts, including search tips (truncation and thesaurus) and Discover Full-Text.
4. Learn about citation management tools (Refworks).
What is scholarly / peer-reviewed / refereed research?
Refereed materials are publications reviewed by "expert readers" or referees prior to the publication of the material. After reading and evaluating the material, the referee informs the publisher if the document should be published or if any changes should be made prior to publication. Refereed materials are also referred to as Peer Reviewed. Refereed materials are significant to the research and the literature of most academic fields because they assure readers that the information conveyed is reliable and timely.
Many article databases now allow you to limit your search to display only peer-reviewed (refereed) results. Use this option to eliminate guesswork and rest assured that your results are all from peer-reviewed sources.
Note: beware the "scholarly" label...as we've seen, a source can be "scholarly" but not necessarily peer-reviewed. Look for "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" to be sure.
Reference resources are sources of solid background info about ethnic groups. All books are located in Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library reference collection.
Suggested Social Work Resources
309.12 So15 and Online
Encyclopedia of Social Work
Comprehensive overview of social work from a United States perspective. Contains a topical outline of entries, directory of contributors, and comprehensive index.
361.32 So1344 2009
Social Worker’s Desk Reference
Resource for those engaged in the social work profession or for students looking to familiarize themselves with the techniques and strategies of intervention in the clinical setting.
808.066301 Sz71w 2011
Writing with Style: APA Style for Social Work
Information about how to write different sections of a paper, including writing a literature review.
361.3072 Sa184 and Online
The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research
Divided into sections on the purposes, contexts, practices, and domains of social work research.
NOTE: See also the list of reference sources on the Educational Policy Studies 421 Class Guide.
Online Reference Collection
Start by keyword searching larger collections of encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks. It's also possible to browse an specific online reference source by subject.
Scholarly journal articles are one of the primary means of communicating research ideas. They are an important component of academic research and give you some insight into ongoing debates and scholarly conversations about your topic. You can find articles through database searches.
Finding articles is a two-step process:
- First, search for the topic you are interested in by using the article databases listed below.
- Try words to describe the group of individuals you are researching: Asian Americans, Latino Americans, Gays and Lesbians, Christians, Teenage mothers, Upper class, etc.
- Try words to describe your research area: stereotypes, oppression, historical landscape.
- Consider searching for these concepts together. For example, “Asian Americans” and “stereotypes” = some great articles and books.
- Use the thesaurus to find additional or similar terms.
- Find an article that looks interesting? Look at the article's citation for subjects use in that database and run additional searches using these subjects.
- Next, find the actual text of the articles you want by clicking on the Discover button in a database.
- If the Discover page indicates that we have online full text, click the link to get to the article. In some cases, we may have the full text article available in multiple databases. If the Discover page says there is no online full-text available, click the link next to "Library Catalog- Holdings in VUFIND" to search the library catalog for print holdings. This will show you if the library owns a copy of the journal/newspaper/book in PRINT form, and tells you the location of that print volume. NOTE: The library catalog will show you the results by JOURNAL title (not article title). You will need to find the year and/or volume and issue number of the journal that contains your article.
- If you know the citation of the articles you want, from bibliographies or suggested readings lists, you can use the Journal and Article Locator to determine if we have full-text online or in print.
Suggested Article Databases
Racial, Ethnic, or Anthropology Related Databases
Additional Databases and Guides
- American FactFinder In the Quick Start search box enter a racial or ethnic group (Asian, Polish, White, etc.), select Population Groups beneath the search box, and click Go. On the results page, use the Topics on the left hand side to narrow the results. You can narrow by year to view the most recent information. Use the links under Topics on the left to find information by subject including education, employment, housing and relationships. The American Community Survey provides data on how communities are changing. Use the FactFinder Glossary to find definitions of terms used in the database.
- FedStats Statistics from over 100 U.S. government agencies. Use the Topics Links A-Z to browse by subject.
- U.S. Census Bureau Provides a wide range of information about the population. The People section includes information on education, families and living arrangements, fertility, income, marriage and various other subjects.
Racial / Ethnic Specific Statistics
- The American Community - Pacific Islanders: 2004 (US Census Bureau) Portrait of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population in the United States. Provides information about demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics.
- Black Americans: A Statistical Source Book, 2009 (Main Reference 305.896073 B5622) Provides data and tables focusing on demographics and populace characteristics; vital statistics and health; education; government, elections, and public opinion; crime, law enforcement and corrections; labor & employment; income, poverty, and wealth.
The Black Population: 2010 (US Census Bureau) Provides information about demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics.
- Hispanic Americans: A Statistical Source Book, 2009 (Main Reference 305.8680021 H629) Provides data and tables focusing on demographics; social characteristics; household and family characteristics; education; government and elections; the labor force, employment and unemployment; earnings, income, poverty and wealth; crime and corrections; and special topics.
- The White Population: 2010 (US Census Bureau) Discusses the distribution of the white population at the national level and at lower levels of geography.
Religious and Other Group Specific Statistics
- Association of Religion Data Archives Formerly American Religious Data Archive. Compiles statistics, maps, and directories on religious activities around the world, with an emphasis on the United States.
- Pew Research Center A "fact tank" that conducts public opinion polling and social science research. Provides data and some statistics about religion. Use the Topic Index or their Advanced Search to find information of interest.
NOTE: For additional information about statistics, see the Sources for Statistics in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education guide.
FINDING BOOKS & JOURNALS
Library catalogs are used for two purposes. First, if you know exactly what you are looking for, for example you know the exact title or an author's name. This works for book titles and journal titles. Second, you can use library catalogs to discover material that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.
Online Library Catalog
Search the Library Catalog to find books, DVDs, magazines or journals containing articles that you need, and many other resources. In addition to the 13 million volumes we have on this campus, you can connect to over 70 other libraries in Illinois and request that books be sent to you. When you find something you want in the catalog, write down the following:
- Location - in which library the item is kept (or libraries, if we have multiple copies)
- Call Number - this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf
- Status - is it available for you to check out?
Library Catalog Advanced Search
If you click the "Advanced Search" link beneath the search box, you can access the advanced search option. This will give you 3 search boxes and some limiting options, allowing you to control your search more:
- Next to each search box you can limit your search to Keyword, Title, Author, or Subject
- Combine search terms with AND, OR, or NOT
- AND: looks for records that include all of the search terms
- OR: looks for records that include any of the search terms - this will increase your results significantly
- NOT: looks for records that have one term but not the other term
- Limit results by version (print, electronic, microform), language, and format (book, journal, movie, etc.)
- Also see the Tips for Using the VuFind Catalog.
Additional Sources for Books and Journals
- WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan - Use these to verify citations for books and request books and articles you cannot find elsewhere. Ordering books and journals via Interlibrary Loan is free and generally fairly quick.
Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Reference Library's Cite a Source page and the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's Style and Writing Guide.
A great tool for writing papers, RefWorks helps you export bibliographic records from databases, change the citation styles as needed, and import the citation directly into a Word document so you can create bibliographies on the fly.
Ask-A-Librarian for Help with Your Research
Use the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's Ask-A-Librarian service to contact a librarian via Instant Messenger/chat, email, phone, or in person.
Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.
Finding Your Way Around
There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need. For your class, the library that you will be using most is the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). We are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.
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