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SW 350 Social Work Research: Getting Started

A Library Research Guide for SW 350

Welcome to the Library Guide for SW 350!

Please use the tabs above to find helpful resources and tools to start your research. If you need help finding sources or with citing sources, contact your librarians for assistance! 

Why Do We Need Social Work Research?

From the Social Work Policy Institute: 

"Social work research informs professional practice. Through social work research, the profession can:

  • Assess the needs and resources of people in their environments
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of social work services in meeting peoples needs
  • Demonstrate relative costs and benefits of social work services
  • Advance professional education in light of changing contexts for practice
  • Understand the impact of legislation and social policy on the clients and communities we serve"

Reference: Research. (2017). Social Work Policy Institute. Retrieved from


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