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Social Work 124/322 Assignments
You will need to identify and describe three (3) articles on a topic(s) assigned or approved by your Social Work instructor (topics such as criminal justice, violence against women, child welfare, health, etc.). The articles must also meet the following parameters:
Current articles. (Current is defined as by your instructor as published in or after 2004 or in or after 2008.)
Peer-reviewed articles. (Also known as referred or scholarly articles.)
Social Work/Social Science (psychology, sociology, etc.) journals.
You also have to write a summary of an investigation of a social service area. For each area reviewed, describe the agency/service/act and how it is meant to assist a population (child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, homeless persons, etc. (what needs does it address and with what services or provisions?)
Explore a Topic
Do you really understand what "social justice" means? If not, how are you going to discuss the articles you choose in relation to this topic? Need more information about a topic but don't necessarily want an in-depth treatment like you'd get in a book or a scholarly article? Consider one of the online databases listed below for this kind of background/context information. The articles in these reference sources are often written by individuals whose credentials and expertise qualify them as experts on the topic. Specialized reference sources can also help you develop your research outline--look at the table of contents and index headings and subheadings.
Use these sources In lieu of Wikipedia, where even the site itself warns "You should not use Wikipedia by itself for primary research unless you are writing a paper about Wikipedia." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Researching_with_Wikipedia 08/31/2011).
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