SW 450/550 Research & Evaluation: Home

Library Services for Summer Term 2021

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The Library's 1st floor is open for students to pick up items at the circulation desk and use the computer lab (limited seating available).  Please visit Library Services - Summer 2021 for more information.  Laptops, wifi hotspots, and other equipment are available for checkout.

 

In this Guide

Develop your Question: Get background information and construct an "answerable question" 

Search Strategies: Where to search, keyword vs. subject headings, reference and citation searching

Search Article Databases

How to Get Full Text of Article

Methods: Valuable reference resources on quantitative and qualitative research methods

Citations & Info Organization: APA formatting and style; citation managers

Resources other than Articles

This guide is focused on finding research articles published in scholarly journals. This type of publication is often considered the most valuable, especially in relation to effectiveness and evaluation studies. That said, other types of publications can be helpful too, such as: 

  • book chapters
  • government reports
  • advocacy/agency reports

The primary means of finding these other sources are the Library catalog, USA.gov search, and Google.  

Just be sure to critically evaluate your sources! Is the author or the organization reputable? Does the publication cite references to other research? 

Social Work & Social Sciences Librarian

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Kimberly Pendell
Contact:
Office hours by appointment
kpendell@pdx.edu
(503) 725-4501