SOWK 536 - Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work: Home

Library Tutorials

For the community immersion assignment, you will need to find various types of sources:

  • peer-reviewed articles
  • newspaper articles
  • government information
  • demographics and statistics

Please refer to the tabs on the left, to navigate throughout this guide to find recommended sources for your assignments. 


Learning Support Tutorials

The Learning Support team has a tutorial for the first 536 paper (Community Immersion): 

http://libguides.usc.edu/SOWKlearningsupport/generalist_tutorials

What makes a source reliable?

How can you evaluate sources you find online? How do you know you can trust where the information is coming from? Consider…

•Purpose and audience
•Relevancy of the source to your needs
•Where does the Information come from? Who authored it? Is it well researched?
•When was it published? Is it current for your topic? 

Popular versus Scholarly

Below you will find some tips and strategies on identifying a popular source and a scholarly source. 

chart comparing scholarly and popular sources

Peer-reviewed articles

Peer-reviewed articles are written by experts and researchers who want to share their research with others in the field. These articles go through a long process of review by experts in the field before publication. Peer-reviewed articles are considered the best examples of research in a given field because of the standards and the long process of review that articles go through to determine the validity and credibility of the research.

Quick Reference

Ulrich's Periodical Directory will tell you if a journal is peer-reviewed (refereed). Type in the journal's name and look in the "Refereed" field.

Watch the short tutorial below for more tips on identifying peer-reviewed articles.