GIS for Social Workers

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) refers to a variety of tools that allow you to create visual maps of socioeconomic data.  Social Workers have used GIS software to assess the needs of communities. For example, social workers have used GIS mapping tools to look at services for pregnant adolescents.  BC’s own data librarian has created an excellent guide to using GIS for social work research. 

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Avoid Unintentional Plagiarism

Plagiarism, the act of taking credit for someone else’s words, is often unintentional. Even top scholars can be  guilty of this. Author Doris Kearns Goodwin (Author of Team of Rivals) committed accidental plagiarism in her book The Fitzgeralds & the Kennedys by neglecting to attribute some research to another author.  The website of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library features an excellent set of pointers.


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The Campbell Collaboration

Are you interested in evidence-based social work practice? Take a look at the Campbell Collaboration, an international research network that provides systematic reviews of the impact that interventions have on education, criminal justice, and international development.  Take a look at the most recent systematic reviews.

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stopbullyingAre you interested in working to prevent bullying among children and adolescents? If the answer is “yes,” we highly recommend taking a look at This government-sponsored website features prevention strategies for parents, educators, teens, and kids. There is also information on bullying laws in each state. You can also learn how schools assess bullying.

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Featured Resource: PolicyFile


Peer-reviewed articles are a very important source of research for social workers, but did you know that there is a whole world of research beyond these types of articles. Governments, think tanks, and non-profit agencies informally publish all kinds of research papers & data that can help supplement your research. You can search through PolicyFile to help you locate these types of reports.  You can find a link to PolicyFile here:

Please let us know if you have any questions about using this invaluable resource!

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Tips for Using the Library Catalog

Did you know that the BC Libraries have two youtube videos designed to help you use Holmes?

You can view those here:

and here

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New Resource for Research on Immigration

Boston College’s School of Social Work community has a growing interest in immigrants and migrants in the United States. Social Work Library staff members are seeing an increasing number of reference questions that focus on the welfare of immigrant/migrant community in the United States. In order to meet this research need, the librarians created a new guide to doing immigration research. It features recommended journal databases, websites, statistics, and news sources. You can view the guide here.:

Please let us know if you have any questions about your research!

The Social Work Library Staff


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