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Social Work Guide

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APA Citation Style Guide

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases.

For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles

Find a Specific Article

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Research Nonprofits Online

  • Urban Institute: Nonprofit research organization that supports research that informs public policy affecting community well being in the United States
  • Congressional Research Service Reports: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process.
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: A nonpartisan research and policy institute that support federal and state policies designed to reduce poverty and inequality
  • Institute for Research On Poverty (UW-Madison): University research institute focused on IRP researches the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States.
  • Institute for Policy Research (Northwestern U): Interdisciplinary research on social, family, policy, and health issues.
  • Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP): An independent, nonpartisan 501(c)4 organization which supports the Congressional Social Work Caucus in the US House of Representatives
  • Brooking Institute: One of Washington’s oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development.
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy: The Center’s work is concentrated in the areas of family and children’s services; income supports, neighborhood-based services, education reform, family support, disability and health care policy, and long term care for the elderly.
  • Center for Law and Social Policy: Includes global social policy, state-by-state policy data, child welfare, prisoner re-entry and other welfare policy matters. Includes many publications.

Other Websites

Watch a video about finding full-text of articles

Finding Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title
  3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page or open a database link to browse by year or volume.

Journal Titles


Use these search techniques to locate Primary Research inside databases.

Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “case study” OR “this study” OR “a study”.

You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below).

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.

You can search for books & ebooks in Primo.

General Instructions & Search Boxes: Finding Books

Find a specific book or chapter

Browse Print Books in the Library

Library of Congress Call Numbers

HN         Social Problems

HV         Social Services

Using E-Books

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Reference Books

Encyclopedia Of Social WorkREF HV 12 .E53 2008
Encyclopedia Of World PovertyREF HV 12 .E54 2006
The Social Work Dictionary
HV 12 .B37 2014
Issues for debate in social policy : selections from CQ researcherHN 59.2 .I798 2015
The complete guide to social work : independent study for the ASWB masters examination.HV40.52 .C66 2013

The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research

HV11 .S254 2010
Social Work Research and Evaluation: Foundations of Evidence Based PracticeHV11 .S589 2014

Background Information


Social Work Education

Demographic Data & Statistics

Here are some resources about doing research in this subject area.

Evidence-Based Practice Research

Government Resources

Child Welfare Information Gateway (USDHHS)
Government website with news and information about child welfare related topics and services.

Other Library Research Guides

Recommended Help Guides

Professional Organizations



Exam Study guides are located in the library Main Stacks at:  HV 40

ASWB Exam Preparation Ebooks in Primo

Online Resources

  1. Open LearningExpress Library
  2. From the homepage select Career Preparation
  3. Click on Prepare for an Occupation Exam
  4. Scroll down to Social Work
  5. Choose: Prepare for the ASWB Exams
  6. Under ASWB Bachelors Practice Exam 1, Click Sign in or Register.
  7. Click Register and create a free account.

Note: If you are located on-campus, your institution will be “Badgerlink”. 

Off-campus users:

  1. Choose Mequon-Concordia University Wisconsin from the Choose Your Library list
  2. Enter your CUW library barcode (4505 number).
  3. On the Find Resources page, click on LearningExpress Library and create a LearningExpress User Account.

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