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Recommended Seminars for Social Welfare Students

The Social Welfare program has an information literacy component which requires students to take two library seminars during the course of their studies. Many students have questions about which seminars are appropriate for their course of study. Here is an overview of some useful seminars and who might most benefit from taking them.

All Social Welfare students must take the Social Welfare Research Seminar. We suggest that you take this before you take the elective seminar. In this class we cover basic library services such as Document Delivery and Interlibrary loan, and highlight pertinent social welfare databases, encyclopedias, internet resources. Topics covered include test and measurement resources, statistics, and citing sources in APA format. This class will provide you with a general orientation to beginning social welfare research using materials in the library.

Once you take the Social Welfare Research Seminar, you have your choice of topics for the advanced 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

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
* Introduction 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

Recommended particularly for students with a concentration in Gerontology:

* Resources in Gerontology: this seminar covers specialized reference materials, databases and other resources that focus on social gerontology

Because some of these classes are in high demand, we strongly suggest that you register for a class as early as possible. The Social Welfare Research Seminar in particular fills up very quickly. 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.