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SW 1001 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Services - Fry: Articles

Why Use Evidence?

The profession cares: The Council on Social Work Education "recognizes that teaching social work students how to access, analyze, interpret, and appropriately employ evidence is critical to effective social work practice".

Your professors care: You are expected to use and cite high-quality evidence to support your conclusions in research papers/projects. Usually this comes from peer-reviewed scholarly articles.

Your clients care: Don't reinvent the wheel, but start with what is effective based on the best available evidence.

You should care: If you want to be the best social work professional possible and truly make a difference, you'll use high-quality evidence to support what you do.

More SW Research Guides

AMG's Slides

Focused Databases

SW Journals, Selective

The following journals are available full-text through Rod Library subscriptions. Select a journal of interest to browse or search within it for your topic.

Not sure where to start? Try the bold titles.

What goes in my annotation?

An annotation is a brief description and critical evaluation of a resource. An annotated bibliography is a list of citations whereby each citation is followed by an annotation.

Annotations are brief, some annotations are as few as three sentences (two descriptive sentences and one evaluative).  Generally, your annotation should be no more than two paragraphs and less than 150 words. The first part of the annotation provides a brief description of the contents of the article.  The second paragraph provides evaluation as it relates to relevance, accuracy, and quality of the source being cited. 


In the 1st paragraph, consider the following questions. These are suggested questions only; be sure your paragraphs have a logical flow.

Is the author of the information clearly identifiable?  If so, consider their credibility. Is the author qualified to write on this topic?

Is the source scholarly/peer-reviewed?

What is your source claiming (ie. thesis statement)? 

What information does the source present to back its claim?  Does it present facts or opinion/ anecdotal evidence?


In the 2nd paragraph, consider the following questions. These are suggested questions only; be sure your paragraphs have a logical flow.

Is the source’s claim both timely and relevant to your focused topic?

How does this source help focus your research topic?

Is there evidence of bias in the source? For example, can we tell who funded the research?

Does it cite references and are they credible?

Who is the intended audience?

How/to whom might this article be useful?

One thing that you learned from this article/your impressions.

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This search will link to full-text journals to which Rod Library subscribes. Search by publication title or use Citation Linker to enter citation information.