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Articles in scholarly encyclopedias usually present a good overview of
the topic and identify the current issues, approaches, and scholarship
relating to that topic. Knowing the issues can help you focus your
research on a particular aspect of a topic.
Some Basic Reference Works
- Encyclopedia of Social Work
- New York, National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press.
- Almost always a good place to begin your research. Over 700 lengthy signed articles with bibliographies on topics felt to be of particular relevance to social work; 200 brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work; and links to related social work resources. Many articles include a historical overview. Rutgers-restricted Access
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
- Jeffrey Lehman, editor. 2d edition. Detroit, Gale, 2000. 3 volumes
- "Contains 8,000 to 12,000 word essays on specific culture groups in the United States, emphasizing religions, holidays, customs, and languages in addition to providing information on historical background and settlement patterns. Also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans, and Amish. Each essay lists organizations and research centers; name, address, and contact information for periodicals, radio, and television stations; and a further readings section."
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
- Platt, Anthony M. and Cooreman, Jenifer L. "
A Multicultural Chronology of Welfare Policy and Social Work in the United States," Social Justice 28(1), Spring 2001, 91-137.
- "This chronology is designed to introduce future social workers to significant events, policies, people, and publications in the history of
welfare policy and social work in the United States...Issues of race and racism, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality are central to
the chronology's perspective." Includes a extensive bibliography.
- Off-Campus Link
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