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Which Library Workshops Should Social Work Students Take ???

Many Social Welfare students come to us with questions about which library seminars they must take in order to graduate.

We recommend that all Social Welfare students first take the Social Welfare Research Seminar. In this class we cover: library services, the library website, encyclopedias and dictionaries, basics of searching the
MINERVA library catalog, which databases to use, introduction to database searching, Internet sources for social welfare including test and measurement resources and statistics, evaluating information, finding APA Style information.

After you have taken the Social Welfare Resarch Seminar, you will likely need to take an advanced or more specialized seminar. The topic may differ, depending on your academic concentration. Here is some assistance in making this choice:

Recommended for all students:


  • MINERVA, UA Libraries' Online Catalog : advanced skills in using the Library Catalog and locating and accessing library materials

  • Introduction to Research Databases: learn how to effectively search for articles using databases

  • Conducting Research from Home : an overview of research resources that can be accessed from outside the libraries

  • Using EndNote: EndNote software helps organize sources and produce bibliographies
  • Using the Web to Communication and Collaborate: Learn about blogs, wikis, RSS and more

Recommended particularly for direct practice students:


  • Library Resources for Evidence-Based Practice: learn how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice

Recommended particularly for MACRO students:


  • Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: resources for finding the legal authority for polices, constructing a legislative history and evaluating federal public policies

  • IIntroduction to Westlaw Campus: how to find statutes, regulations, cases, and other legal information

  • Non-Profit Organizations: Information Sources: print, online and Internet sources for information regarding non-profit organizations

We encourage you to attend one or more of these seminars as soon as practiable -- you will get the most benefit out of the material covered if you attend the seminars early in your course of study. You can view the full schedule of seminars online. In addition, each week's offerings are posted on this blog each Monday. In addition to the online registration, you may also register in person at the Dewey Reference Desk or call us at 442-3691.