Social Welfare students:
As you know, your program has an information literacy component consisting of two library seminars. Many students have questions about which seminars they should take.
All Social Welfare students must take the Social Welfare Research Seminar. This seminar is required within your first 15 credit hours in the program. You will learn about 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:
General classes recommended for all students:
*Introduction to Research Databases: learn how to effectively search for articles using databases
* Conducting Research Online : an overview of research resources that can be accessed from outside the libraries
* Using EndNote: EndNote software helps organize sources and produce bibliographies
Recommended for direct practice students:
* Library Resources for Evidence-Based Practice: learn how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice
Recommended 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
Advanced registration is required for most seminars. Some of these classes fill up quickly, so register 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.