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SWK 703 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Social Work and Social Welfare Policy


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Welcome to your online research guide for SWK 703.  Find reliable sources for your historical (and comtemporary) research of American social welfare policy.

Citation Help & Tools


APA 7th Edition HELP:

Excelsior College Online Writing Lab's APA Style Guide 

  • The links listed down the left sidebar of this page can direct you to the help you need. 
  • You can find help with in-text citations and your bibliography. 
  • The page  Article from a Database will be especially useful for citing articles from a database in your bibliography/references/works cited.



Mendeley  A free research management tool for desktop and the web.

Zotero  A free Firefox extention to help you collect, manage and cite your sources.

For more in-depth help you can contact SSU's Mary G. Walsh Writing Center


The Research Process

Getting Started

 Find a topic

Gather background info

Narrow topic

Develop a strategy

Brainstorm keywords

Try combining keywords

Gathering Information

Find Articles and/or Books

Find other reliable sources of info appropriate to the requirements of your assignment

Final Product

 Evaluate Information

Write Your Paper

Cite Your Sources

Types of resources

What you need...

Resource to go to...

Basic facts, names, dates, definitions, topic overview

Reference resources like encyclopedias; reliable websites

Current information, written for the general public

Newspapers; Magazines

In depth info on a topic


Original materials created at same time as event

Primary sources (diaries; speech; interviews; news footage, etc.)

Detailed analysis of a topic/question/problem written for professionals in a particular field

Scholarly journal articles

Subject Guide

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Tara Fitzpatrick
Student Engagement, Social Work & Sociology Research & Instruction Librarian
Frederick E. Berry Library & Learning Commons, LIB 210
Salem State University
Salem, MA 01915
I currently offer research assistance via email, by phone, in-person or Zoom appointment (click above to schedule).
Subjects: Summer Bridge

Library Info


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Circulation & Reserves: 978-542-6368

Interlibrary Loan: 978-542-6501   Fax: 978-542-6596

Library Help Desk:  978-542-6766

Book Return Locations:

Library Help Desk         

North Campus, book drop outside library's quad entrance & College Drive entrance