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Social Work: Internet Resources

A guide to Social Work resources and library research.

Google Tools!

Setting Up Google Scholar Preferences

For a video tutorial CLICK HERE

For step-by-step directions in print see DOC below

Fact Checking

Criteria for Evaluating Websites


To determine the quality of information on a website check the following (similar criteria can be used for news sources as well):


Authority – Who is responsible for the content of the page?  What are the individual or organization’s goals and purpose?  Is there contact info?  What’s the domain?


Accuracy – Are the sources for any factual information clearly cited?  Is the information free of errors that would indicate a lack of quality control or produce inaccuracies in the information?


Objectivity – Is there bias?  Who’s the intended audience?  Is advertising playing a role?


Currency – Date published?  Date last revised?  Out-dated info?  Out-dated links?


Coverage – Page still under construction?  Does it address intended topics or has something significant been left out?  Is there a fee to get to some of the information?  Is the info well supported and cited?

History of Social Work

Social Work Pioneers  A database of pioneers in the social work field.  Provided by NASW.

The History of Social Work Month  March is Social Work Month, NASW details.

The History of the NASW  A short piece from the NASW.

The Social Work History Station  A CSWE Millennium Project by Boise State University.

A History of Social Welfare  A digital collection provided by Cornell University.  Search or browse its texts, view timelines.

Polling Data

Policy/Law/Legislation Resources

Cornell Legal Information Institute  

A direct link to their Supreme Court Collection.  A research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School.

Guide to researching federal statutes (Law Library of Congress Guides) which includes by popular name option

Provides access to congressional legislation, the Congressional Record, and floor activities in Congress.  Goal of maki ng federal legislative information freely available to the public.    

Major Acts of Congress (Library resource)  Major acts of Congress explained.

Massachusetts Legislature - General Laws Search search for MA law and bills

MA Trial Court Libraries  MA law resources by subject and by source also chat reference help


Government Laws and Regulations  Popular laws and regulations

Congressional Research Service Reports  From the University of North Texas Digital Library this collection tries to provide integrated, searchable access to full-text CRS reports previously found on varying websites. CRS is the public policy research arm of Congress.