Hello Professional Seminar Students and congratulation on achieving this milestone -
you are almost a professional social worker!
This guide outlines the major information sources importance for social work study and practice. You should consider most, if not all, of these are information sources as you research your Professional Seminar project.
Each box provides a brief definition and links to more information available through the Information Guides for Silberman School of Social Work.
"A systematic review is an academic research paper that uses a method called ‘evidence synthesis’, which can include meta-analysis, to look for answers to a pre-defined question. The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up the best available research on that specific question." - The Campbell Collaboration
'Open Source' refers to systems and software products that are freely available online to all users and for which the source code is freely available for use, modification, and re-distribution.
'Publicly Available' describes webpages and information items that are freely available to anyone with internet access.
'Open Access' is a term used to describe scholarly work that has been made freely available to all online.
"Think tanks are organizations that have significant autonomy from governmental interests and that synthesize, create, or disseminate information, ideas, or advice to the public, policymakers, other organizations, and the press."
Anderson, G. L. & Herr, K.G. (Eds) (2007). Think Tanks. In Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. (Vol. 3, pp. 1369-1372). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference.