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MSW 510 — Social Welfare Policy

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Carol Dales
cdales@csudh.edu
(310)-243-2088
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Basic Library Information

Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

Off-Campus Access

Useful Books & Ebooks

Useful Databases

Plagiarism

Scholarly Internet Research

General Research Tips


Basic Library Information


Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

You can get journal articles by going to the library home page and clicking the "Articles & eResources" tab in the search box area. This will give you three options:

Once you are logged into a database, you can start to search for your article. Most databases include several search boxes you can fill out as well as a selection of different search options. Many databases will also let you limit your search to peer-reviewed/scholarly journals and to specific dates, both useful options if your assignment requires them. 

Articles you can read in that database will have a link to the PDF full text or the HTML full text. Click on that text link to read the article. Some databases also let you e-mail yourself the files by clicking on an e-mail link.

Some articles will say "Find it @ CSUDH Lib" instead of having links to the full text. When you see this, it means the text of that article is not in the database you are searching. However, if you click the red and white "Find it @CSUDH Lib" button, you can see a list of databases that do have the full text. If there are no databases containing the article you want, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan.



Off-Campus Access

If you are using a computer on campus, you can access all of our databases and ebooks without any further steps. Just click on the database name in the Database List and you willgo immediately to the search screen.

If you are off campus, you will have to log in using your MyCSUDH Username and Password (the same thing you use to log in to Blackboard, MyCSUDH, and student e-mail). When you click on a database name from off-campus, you will see a screen asking you for this information.

After you enter your login information, you should be able to access any of our databases and ebooks just like you would on campus.  If you have problems, try resetting your password.  If that doesn't work either, give the reference desk a call at (310) 243-3586 and we will help you troubleshoot.



Useful Books & Ebooks

The Library carries many books on Social Work topics. Try the following search in the library's online catalog and you will see a list of books.

  • Go to the library's online catalog
  • In the drop-down menu to the left, select "Subject - Subject Words"
  • In the text area to the right, type in Social Work.
  • You will notice that the library's catalog does not actually use this phrase.  Instead, you are redirected to "Social service" as an alternate term.  However, there are several more specific subjects which do use the term Social Work.
  • Find one of the subjects you are interested in, and click on it to see a list of books.
  • Once you have a list of books on the screen, you can sort your results with the drop-down menu at the right.
  • Select "Sort by year - newest to oldest" to see a list of books with the most recent books first.

The library also has over 50,000 ebooks: books that have been scanned in that you can access from off campus through the library website. To find ebooks, type into the library online catalog search box the key words or subject of the books you want to find and add the word electronic. For instance, a search for social welfare united states electronic produces a list of 99 ebooks.




Useful Databases
  • SocINDEX
    SocINDEX with Full Text,  covers journals from all subdisciplines of sociology, including abortion, anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, cultural sociology, demography, economic development, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, politics, religion, rural sociology, social psychology, social structure, social work, sociological theory, sociology of education, substance abuse, urban studies, violence, welfare; lots of social work content and many full text articles.
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Social Sciences Full Text indexes and abstracts articles from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere plus the full text of selected journals; includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of social sciences journals.
  • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
    Social Services Abstracts includes current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development; abstracts and indexes over 1,300 serial publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.  (note: abstracts only--no full text)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
    Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. (note: abstracts only -- no full text)
  • PsycINFO (Ebsco) - more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology; coverage from 1887 to present includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages; lots of full text; add term social work to search to get relevant results.


Plagiarism

What is plagiarism? - Plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (OED)

In essence, when you quote or paraphrase from somebody else's work without citing it, you are plagiarizing their work. Plagiarism is a serious matter, and could result in a lower or failing grade and even in your expulsion from university. Just rewording your work isn't enough to avoid plagiarism. Since you are still borrowing information heavily from another writer, you still need to include a citation.

But I didn't know! - Ignorance of the law is unfortunately no excuse. You can commit plagiarism without meaning to, and it's just as serious a problem if you do.

How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by always citing your sources. Whenever you put a quotation or borrow information heavily from a source, be sure you include a citation in the proper APA style. This will let your professor know you aren't trying to pass the idea off as your own. Taking detailed notes on where you get your information helps a lot with this, since it prevents you from forgetting what is your own work and what you borrowed from others.

For more information, see your student handbook and this Overview of Plagiarism from Purdue University.



Scholarly Internet Research

Remember, not all web sites are created equally. Some sites can be valid sources of information, but others are filled with opinion represented as fact. While there isn't a 100% effective way to figure out what kind of site you're looking at, here are some guidelines to follow when using the internet for research:

  • Check Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Does whomever it is know what they're talking about? Do they have qualifications in the field or some other reason to be trust-worthy in it?
  • Check Accuracy - Are the sources cited well? Is the information up-to-date? Are there any broad, sweeping generalisations that are impossible to verify?
  • Check Reasonableness - What is the page's point-of-view? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
  • Check Support - Is it possible to double-check the information in another location?

Useful Scholarly Websites

INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

The Librarians' Internet Index aims to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites, serving California, the nation, and the world. All links on the Index are selected and approved by librarians before inclusion.

For more information, check out our guide on Evaluating Web Resources



General Research Tips

Use multiple search terms - Remember, not every database or article uses exactly the same words to describe the same thing. Make sure you try several synonyms for the term you're trying to find. Most databases have a link titled "thesaurus" or "subject terms" which you can use to find out what words to search for.

Search in multiple places - The more places you look for information, the more information you're likely to find. Don't just search in one database and assume it's all you'll be able to find! Take a look at the list of Useful Databases earlier on in this page for where to start your search.

Ask for help - Don't be afraid to ask for help! Research can be an exhausting process, and sometimes a fresh perspective will make your task immensely easier. You can stop by the reference desk in the library and ask any of the reference librarians for help with your research. You can also submit an online help request which a librarian will answer within a day or two.

Don't leave it until the last minute - The earlier you start, the better your paper will be. Starting early gives you plenty of time to read and absorb the information so that you'll be properly informed when writing your paper.