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SW 4700 - Social and Economic Justice: Identifying a Policy or Issue
Remember: Be cautious about the date of encyclopedia entries - they will often be 10 years old or more. Use them for foundational information - not current, up-to-date policy specifics. Subject-specific encyclopedias are written by experts to familiarize novice researchers with different aspects of the topic or problem, including affected populations and practice implications.
Creating a search strategy begins with mapping out or identifying the key components of your topic or research question. Use this handout to brainstorm potential keywords that you can use in your search string.
"NASW has developed a policy agenda, which asserts the association’s advocacy priorities for the [current] legislative cycle. NASW’s policy agenda is consistent with the NASW policies in Social Work Speaks, which is developed by members of the association at Delegate Assembly."
Comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2020
Databases are useful for locating background information, identifying how the policy is being implemented, and the scholarly perspective of the issue, law, or policy. Topics in social work often overlap with other subject areas and disciplines. It may be useful to search within a multidisciplinary database to gain a complete picture of the policy or issue.
The list below is NOT COMPREHENSIVE and is intended as a starting point.
Focus on national and global public policy issues such as human rights, public health, the environment, housing, international commerce and conflict. Articles from scholarly journals, conference papers, trade publications and government documents provide up-to-date information on a broad range of worldwide contemporary topics.
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Produced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), this collection provides indexing and abstracts for more than 500 social work and human services journals. Coverage includes therapy, education, human services, addiction, child and family welfare, mental health and more.
Search extensively indexed books, monographs, and conference papers. This index features citations with subject headings from a sociology-specific thesaurus designed by expert lexicographers. SocINDEX covers all subdisciplines of sociology such as anthropology, criminology, demography, ethnic, racial, and gender studies, marriage, family, and social structures, and social work.
QuickSearch combines results from many search tools for you to review in one list. Results come from the Wright State catalog and hundreds of library databases including all of our Ebscohost databases, JSTOR, the Web of Science, and others.