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Social Work Research: Get Started

Research in social work for undergraduate, BSW, and MSW students

About This Guide

This guide describes resources to assist in research relating to undergraduate courses in social work (SOCWK), courses for the Bachelor of Social Work program (SWREN), and courses for the Master of Social Work program (SWK). 

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Social Work Courses and Programs

Social work courses are among the many courses in the undergraduate Social Development Studies progam at Renison University College. 

The School of Social Work at Renison offers post-graduate Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs.   

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Basic Searching Techniques

  • Choose an appropriate resource
    • Books
    • Articles
      • Research Databases
      • Specific Journals
    • Primary Sources
  • Break down your topic
    • imagine the title of the ideal book or magazine article
    • identify the key concepts
    • think of synonyms or alternate words for each of the key concepts
  • Use appropriate searching techniques
    • boolean operators (and, or, not)
    • phrase searching
    • truncation/wildcard symbols
    • field searching
    • setting limits
    • refining your search (using subject headings/descriptors and other terminology)

Subject Guide

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Tony Tin
Lusi Wong Library
Renison University College Library

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