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Social Work & Human Services: Find Articles

Research assistance and library resources for students enrolled in the Human Services program. Social work related themes and issues covered.

Research Databases -- Find articles thru the library

Before you Google, try a library database!

Keywords vs. Subject Terms

What's the difference between using KEYWORDS and SUBJECT TERMS?

Choosing the right words when searching can help or hinder the quality and quantity of results you get. Be flexible with the terminology you use.

  • Keyword searching uses natural (familiar) language; it’s a good way to begin your search; more flexible, yet sometimes search results are irrelevant
    [Examples: car, baby, doctor, dog]
  • Subject searching uses a “controlled vocabulary”…very standardized terminology; it looks for your search terms only in specialized fields; less flexible, however more results are relevant to your topic
    [Examples: automobile, infant, physician, canine]

MAGAZINE vs. JOURNAL -- What's the difference?

Its purpose is to inform or entertain Its aim is to report on scholarly research
Articles typically short in length Longer articles with in-depth analysis
Written by a reporter,
journalist, or staff writer
Written by a scholarly expert or specialist (credentials provided)
Articles are reviewed
by editorial staff
Articles are peer-reviewed &
critically evaluated by scholars
Little or no references are included as support Sources are always cited in a formal bibliography
Slick & attractive in appearance with advertisements & glossy photos Very structured format: abstract, methodology, literature review, results, conclusion. No frills.
Examples: Social Work Today, Psychology Today, National GeographicReaders Digest Examples: Social Service Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard Business Review

Print Journals and Magazines

Print journal in the library...

  • Social Work Today - is a national newsmagazine committed to enhancing the entire social work profession by exploring its difficult issues, new challenges, and current successes.. [Current two issues are on display, previous issues held behind Circulation Counter]

Print magazines in the library...

  • Psychology Today - Provides a forum for popular psychology, primarily for laypersons. Explores the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of daily life.
  • Ms. magazine - Contains features about feminist issues and concerns, national and international news concerning women.

Back issues in print...

  • Social Service Review - Quarterly: March 2006 - December 2012
  • Social Work - Quarterly: January 2011 - October 2012.
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