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There are LOTS of different types of information, and nearly just as many places to look for it. When doing social work research, you'll likely need to use multiple sources of information and multiple types of search engines. So how do you know where to go? Ask yourself: what kind of information do I need?
Use this short, fun, interactive tutorial to help you figure out where to look for different kinds of sources: USC Libraries Lesson - Knowing Where To Look
For many assignments, you'll need to locate scholarly or peer-reviewed sources.
Scholarly or peer-reviewed sources (typically):
Sometimes, you'll need to find open-web sources, like government or agency documents, statistics, or other demographic information.
When searching the open-web, make sure your sources are reputable by asking yourself these questions:
Lastly, sometimes you'll need background information, like a summary of a theory, an overview of a topic, or a newspaper article.
You might find background information in: