This guide has been designed to help you get started with your library research for assignments in the unit Social Work Theories. The library has great resources available to help you answer the questions in these assessment tasks.
You can find more information about finding ebooks and journal articles, referencing and other research skills from libguides.navitas.com/learn.
A good place to start if you need definitions, history, trends or overviews of a topic, is to search the set of GALE Encyclopedias.
To find resources in the library, choose keywords from your assessment.
If you are new to searching, revise the Information Skills section of the website.
You may also use these live searches as an example and a starting point.
Edit the live searches to build your own search for resources on specific topics.
Change the date range, add or remove keywords and select which type of resource you want (books, journals etc). This will narrow your search and make it more specific.
NOTE : do not rely on these live searches for your assessment. They are meant to assist you to start your own search.
Find resources (books, articles, ebooks and audiovisual) on these topics.
Watch this video called Finding Journal Articles for an Assessment Task.
Each field of study has a number of key journal publications which cover the major themes in that area. Searching within these journals, rather than searching an entire database, may provide research that is more relevant to your assessment task.
Check the list of journals below. These have been hand-picked for their relevance to this unit.
Watch the short videos which show you how to search within the library's online journal resources.
Finally, check out the list of possible search terms, which you may find useful to get you started.
Australian Social Work
Australian Social Work is an international peer-reviewed journal reflecting current thinking and trends in Social Work.
The Australian Journal of Social Issues
Social Indicators Research
Journal of Social Work Education (US)
Journal of Social Work (UK)
Critical social work