Finding Journal Articles in Social Work
You will be able to find scholarly, peer reviewed articles in the field of social work by using the electronic databases below.
See a definition of scholarly resources in the middle column toward the bottom of the this guide.
National Association of Social Workers
Web Sites Dealing with Social Work
Finding books and audio-visual material in the JSCC Library
What is "Evidence Based"?
This definition comes from the Social Work Policy Institute
"Evidence-Based Practice. The term evidence-based practice (EBP) was used initially in relation to medicine, but has since been adopted by many fields including education, child welfare, mental heath, and criminal justice. The Institute of Medicine (2001) defines evidence-based medicine as the integration of best researched evidence and clinical expertise with patient values." (http://www.socialworkpolicy.org/research/evidence-based-practice.html)
Scholarly (Peer Reviewed Journals)
Scholarly journals are publications which are aimed at a specific audience of people in a particular profession. They contain articles by writers or researchers very knowledgeable in a particular field.
Sometimes these journals are peer reviewed. With peer-reviewed journals, articles are submitted to a group of experts in the field to examine the article for credibility, valid research results, etc. before the article is published. These are some of the most authoritative sources you can find since they have been "refereed" by experts.
What is the Difference Between Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodicals?
Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are useful for serious scholastic research; often, instructors will insist that students use only scholastic periodicals for their research work.
Scholarly periodicals are also referred to as Academic Journals or Academic Newspapers, Journals, or Refereed Journals. "Refereed" means that not only is the journal edited, but that every article included in the journal is reviewed by authorities in the subject field of the journal, to decide whether or not the article should be published.
Some criteria of a scholarly journal or other scholarly periodical is:
• The journal is mostly read by people
involved in or interested in the field
of study covered by the journal
• Articles are often lengthy, and include
footnotes or endnotes and works cited
• Graphs, charts, statistical information,
and tables are often used to support
the text or research
• The vocabulary is geared to the field
of study covered by the journal
• The articles are very often peer
Non-Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are not considered or meant to be of a highly serious, scholastic nature.
This is not to say that the articles in any given non-scholastic magazine or newspaper are false or badly written. It only means that, for scholarly research purposes, non-scholarly periodicals do not have the recognized level of authority that a scholastic journal usually has.
James Jones is your instructor. He can be reached through your Elearn course.
Accessing JSCC Library resources from home
To access the JSCC Library resources (electronic books, electronic databases, etc.) from off-campus, you will be asked for your Netlogon.
This is the username and password you use to access computers on campus, JWEB or your Elearn classes.