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SWK 2500 - Survey of Contemporary Social Work

Overview

For this assignment, you will need to find and analyze a scholarly, peer-reviewed article about a field of social work with a marginalized population.  Articles must be current and published within the last 5 years.  Browse this guide to find best bets for databases and journals, search tips, and information on evaluating sources.

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Scholarly Articles

Is it scholarly?

An article is typically considered scholarly if it has the following items:

  • Abstract
    • Summarizes the articles content.
  • Methods
    • Can also appear as Methodology, Research Methods, etc. This section describes the methods used by the authors to collect data.
  • Findings
    • Can also appear as Data Analysis, Analysis, Results, etc. This section analyzes the collected data.
  • Conclusion
    • A summary of the findings. 
  • Reference List
  • Author names and credentials
    • The author(s) list their credentials and affiliations.  Authors usually hold advanced degrees and are affiliated with a higher education or research institution.

Understanding Peer Review

Understanding Peer Review

The cornerstone of scholarly research is the peer review process. Articles are reviewed by experts prior to publication. These experts (peers) consider the validity of the author(s) methods, findings and conclusions.  

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