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About swllibrarian

The Social Work Library serves the research needs of students and faculty at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Are 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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