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Social Welfare Policy and Services II (19:910:585): History and Background

A research guide for your assignments, SWPSII, Fall, 2017


General Tips for Using the Library Catalog

  • Use AND to combine your concepts, e.g., child abuse and social policy
  • Use OR to combine synonyms, related terms, e.g., domestic violence or family violence
  • Use the $ (dollar sign)  to search for the root word and any ending, e.g., parent$ will retrieve parent, parents, parenthood, parenting.
  • Look at the subject headings on the full record for an item-these can help you generate new keywords, concepts, etc.
  • Try using the Advanced Search to combine keywords and subject headings, author and title, etc.

Specific Search Examples

Keyword searching-use Words anyword search (from pulldown menu)

  • social security and (policy or history)
  • homelessness and united states and history
  • homelessness and united states and social policy
  • mentally ill and care and united states and history
  • older people and government policy
  • poverty and government policy and united states

Subject heading search-use Subject begins with or Subject keyword search (from pulldown menu)

  • child  welfare united states history
  • social security united states history
  • veterans mental health services united states
  • adoption united states history
  • poverty government policy united states history

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Here are resources that may help you determine your paper topic.


These databases provide access to articles that are useful for policy history and analysis/evaluation.  Other databases may also be relevant, depending on your topic,  e.g., Criminal Justice Abstracts, Education Abstracts, etc.  For a more complete list, see this page.

Search Tips and Strategies

 Remember to use the connectors OR/AND OR broadens your search- use it to combine synonyms or related terms. Use AND to combine your major concepts-it narrows the search.  Here's a handout.  Some examples:

  • child welfare and (policy or politics or legislation) and united states
  • public welfare and social policy and united states
  • social security and (policy or history)
  • substance abuse and (policy or legislation) and united states

Sometimes simply search for the law will bring back results, e.g., "Adoption and Safe Families Act."

Another example: adoption and safe families and implementation.

Newspaper Databases

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