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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). 

Your Library Card

Your WatCard is your Library card. Use it to borrow books from Waterloo and other University Libraries, as well as to remotely access the Waterloo Library's electronic resources.

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.   

Basic Searching Techniques

  • Choose an appropriate resource
    • Books
    • Articles
      • 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)

Limited library help

Contact Tammy Kavanaugh for assistance.

Lusi Wong Library, Renison Universtiy College


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