Information Competencies for Social Work Students

Intro || 1. Basic Skills || 2. Research Process Skills || 3. Critical Thinking Skills
4. Advanced Research Skills || 5. Policy Practice and Advocacy Skills
6. Professional Organizations and Job Search Resources || 7. Local Resources

1. Basic Skills

  • Know how to access materials on the home library's online system
    Social Work Libraries Directory (Karen Reiman-Sendi)
  • Know the physical layout of the library and support systems in place to assist in the research
  • Know how to locate materials using the classification system used at the home library
  • Be able to identify the unique identifiers within a bibliographic citation
  • Be knowledgeable of the ability to obtain items not physically available at the home library (Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery).
  • Be knowledgeable of the ability to obtain items on the World Wide Web.
    • The Extreme Searcher's Guide To Web Search Engines : AHandbookFor The Serious Searcher. Randolph Hock; foreword by Paula Berinstein. Medford, N.J. : CyberAgeBooks, c1999.
    • Gateways to Social Work/Welfare on the Net: Practice wisdom to go . Ed H. Summers. Excellent overview article reprinted from the March 1998 issue of College & Research Libraries News.
    • Learning, Teaching, And Researching On The Internet : A Practical Guide For Social Scientist. S.D. Stein. Harlow, Essex, England ; New York : Longman, 1999.
    • Social Problems and Human Services/Social Sciences Solutions on the Internet. Gary McMillan. The Reference Librarian No. 57, 1997, pp. 69-75.
    • Social Work (and Related) Gateways to the Internet Gary McMillan
    • Social Work and Social Services Web Sites George Warren Brown. Nicely arranged collection of links for a wide array of topics relevant to social work such as affirmative action, gerontology, international social work, social work licensing, and more.
    • Social Work And The Web. Robert Vernon, Darlene Lynch.Australia ; East Dubuque, IL : Wadsworth Thomson Learning, c2000.
    • The Social Worker's Internet Handbook. Gary B. Grant & Linda Many Grobman. Harisburg, PA : White Hat Communications, 1998.
    • SWAN : Social Work Access Network.Includes a broad array of social work-related links including listservs & chatgroups, toipc areas, departments & schools, online publications, conferences, employment, etc. Maintained by the University of South Carolina's College of Social Work.
    • World Wide Web Resources for Social Workers Dr.Gary Holden. Very extensive (but unannotated) collection of links. Both social work-specific and related sites (government, psychology, etc.) are included.
  • Know the nuts and bolts of constructing the research paper
    Writing, Style Guides, & Bibliographic Management


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