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SOCW 511: Introduction to Social Work Theory and Practice

This guide is designed to support the group project for SOCW 511 and SOCW 516.

Scoping your Research

Social work searching can be quite interdisciplinary - cross searching in databases related to medicine, psychology, nursing, and education is not uncommon. 

Searching for journal articles, theses/dissertations, conference proceedings, reports, etc.:

  1. Try reviewing subject/research guides in your appropriate areas to see which databases are suggested. 
  2. Review the UBC Library list of databases
    • Can narrow by subject area, although not always comprehensive
  3. Consult with your professor and/or supervisor(s) for suggested resources
  4. Locating theses/dissertations can help to identify past graduate research on similar topics.

Searching for books and items not found in databases:

  1. Use Summon, the general library search tool, to look for print and e-books available through the library
    • Summon can also be used to find related materials in databases that may have been outside of your original plan. 

Databases

Social Work

Psychology

Medicine

Nursing

Sociology

Education

General

Grey Literature

Grey literature consists of documents produced by government, academic, business or organizations "where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." (Greynet)

Examples include annual reports, conference proceedings, technical reports, theses, white papers, and even informal communication such as blogs, emails, or social media posts.