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Global Social Work & Practice with Immigrants & Refugees: Other Information Sources

This guide supports the curriculum for the field of practice specialization "Global Social Work & Practice with Immigrants & Refugees" at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Open Source, Publicly Available, and Open Access

'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.

'Public Availability' 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. The Directory of Open Access Journals is one of the most well known examples of an 'open access' venue.


Better Care Network has current global Standards and Resources on Child Welfare

International Association of Schools of Social Work of which Silberman is a member

Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

IFRC resource center on pscycho-social support

Global social service workforce alliance

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a publicly available search tool that spans across many disciplines and sources: it is often a good resource for finding materials that may not appear in subscription library databases such as reports from professional societies, preprint repositories, universities, research institutes and think tanks, and other scholarly organizations.

Setting Google Scholar to show which items are at Hunter

  • On the Google Scholar homepage, click on Settings at the top on the right.
  • Click on Library Links in the left column.
  • Type in Hunter College Library - Fulltext at Hunter, click the search icon, and select.
  • Type in Open WorldCat - Library Search, click on search icon, and select.

Grey Literature

"That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."    -  The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature, October 1999

White Papers

White Papers are a type of authoritative reporting that fall under the grey literature umbrella.  They typically cover governmental, social, or consumer issues.  White papers are prepared by governmental agencies, professional organizations, public policy and research organizations, and commercial enterprises.  By definition, they are based upon an exhaustive research process and frequently address new, controversial or developing trends, programs, or products. 

Research Institutes and Think Tanks

"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. Retrieved from

Click on the link above to read the full article.

Setting Google Scholar for non-English materials

  • On the Google Scholar homepage, click on Setting at the top on the right.
  • Click on Languages in the left column
  • There are two options, you may use either or both:
    • You may select to change the Google text to a language other than English;
    • You may select to search for items / pages in a language other than English.