And congratulation on achieving this milestone -
you are almost a professional social worker!
This Guidepost has two purposes:
1. As the Professional Seminar kicks off, you will be meeting for your final instruction session with a Faculty Librarian. We will use this page for a quick preparation for that session.
2. Throughout the semester, you can return to this Guidepost to check that you are covering multiple information sources, to refresh your memory as to how to find them, and to retrieve the information about contacting a Librarian directly.
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The remainder of this page highlights different information areas. 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.
Take a few minutes to review the remainder of this page.
"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.