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Social Work SW 2615: SW 2615

Social Work Databases and other eResources

But also use APPsearch, PsycINFO, and others.

APA Formatting and Style

Living with APA


1. Wiswell, library, getting help

2. Assignment

3. 3 strategies:

Words and "phrases" -- Chop up your natural language.  PICO, Boolean tricks

Databases: What databases are best for Social Work? How do they differ?

Other, but especially citation webs, "cited by"

4. Getting full text

5. APA: formats and citations; and saving articles

Search and word examples:

"social work"

geront*       theor*       environment*   

(teen* OR adolesc*) AND (latin* OR hispanic*) AND ("mental health" OR depression)


Not quite APA style! Need to indent after first line.

Galek, K., Flannelly, K. J., Ellison, C. G., Silton, N. R., & Jankowski, K. R. (2015). Religion, meaning and purpose, and mental health. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7(1), 1-12. DOI: 10.1037/a0037887

Imbesi, L. (1999). The making of a narcissist. Clinical Social Work Journal, 27(1), 41-54. DOI: 10.1023/A:1022809314267

Jones, P. J., Park, S. Y., & Lefevor, G. T. (2018). Contemporary college student anxiety: The role of academic distress, financial stress, and support. Journal of College Counseling, 21(3), 252-264. DOI: 10.1002/jocc.12107

Schulman, M. D., & Armstrong, P. S. (1990). Perceived stress, social support and survival: North Carolina farm operators and the farm crisis. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 17, 3-22.

Zastrow, C. (2018). Understanding human behavior and the social environment. Boston, MA, USA: Cengage Learning.        (But do we need to cite chapter, not entire book?)

Information sources -- Other than peer-reviewed journal articles and books

US Census, American Community Survey, Pew Research, other .gov sources, NC data

News sources: NY Times (7 free articles), one library news database

Dissertations and theses: WorldCat, but look for Theses/Dissertations on upper left.

DSM-5 (DSM LIbrary)

Contact -- John Wiswell

John Wiswell  
Health Sciences Librarian
Levine Hall 542F and Belk Library 225   (828)262-7853
Available for consultations with students, faculty, and staff. 
I work with distance and on-campus students.  Web conferencing is available, by appointment.  I can also do workshops for groups.

APA Style

The Library has multiple copies of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).  We've started adding copies of APA 7th also.

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