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Social Work Guide


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Find Social Work Articles

Journal articles provide current information and various points of view on your topic. Articles can also provide information about topics that are not covered in books. Search article databases, like the ones listed below, to find articles on your topic.

Articles which are available in full-text will have pdf or html links with the citation that you can click on to access the article. You may also see a “full text finder” link if the article is available in a different database than the one you are using.

If you need an article from a journal that the Mount does not own or have full-text access to, you can request the article from Interlibrary Loan. When you are using EbscoHost databases (such as SocINDEX), you should see a “Request this item through interlibrary loan” link with the citation.

It is important to understand the difference between scholarly and popular journals. Articles in scholarly journals must go through a peer-review process, and the authors are authorities in their fields. These articles are generally the most useful when conducting research. There is no peer-review process for articles in popular journals, and the authors are usually journal staff members. The articles in these journals are intended to inform and entertain.

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