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SOC 391: Methods of Social Research: Social Science Literature Reviews: Finding Articles

Social work Abstracts

The social Work Abstracts is a periodical that contains just the abstracts of research as it pertains to the field of social work.  Very useful when starting a research paper.  The Social Work abstracts are behind the ASK Desk in the library.

Relevant Databases

Good Library Catalog

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a) Consult existing literature reviews related to your topic.

  • Search "literature review" as a keyword anywhere.
  • This could help shape your topic.
  • You might find studies relevant to your topic.

b) Note classic and landmark studies.

  • Certain names may be mentioned over and over as influential authorities.
  • Look for articles that have been cited the most times.
  • Search for articles that mention classic works. Use keyword terms for your topic plus “classic” or “landmark" in the body of the article.

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