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Getting Started in Social Welfare Research

Overview of how to get started with research and sources for finding basic information

Finding Basic Information

When undertaking a research project, it may be a good idea to begin with some reference resources that provide background information on your topic. Subject-specific encyclopedias and handbooks provide useful and relevant overviews of a topic - they may also help you find a way to narrow your topic. Most encyclopedias and handbooks also include bibliographies at the end of each entry. These bibliographies will often list the "classic" or landmark articles on a topic.Citation searches can be done to find more recent articles that cite these landmark articles -- Ask a Librarian!

Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work

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Social Workers' Desk Reference