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Social Work 3500: Methods of Social Work Research

A survey of research methods applicable to social services.

Video Tutorial: Empirical Articles

Where Can I Find Empirical Articles?

Before you begin searching databases, you may want to get an overview of the topic, especially if you are unfamiliar with the topic.  You can search reference books or Medline Plus.

The library subscribes to many collections of articles. These collections are often referrred to as databases. You can use them to search for scholarly, empirical articles which the library has purchased for your use. You can often limit your searches to scholarly content only through the Advanced Search feature of each database.

Finding Articles with a Citation

Sanchez-Burks, J., Lee, F., Choi, I., Nisbett, R., Zhao, S., & Koo, S.  (2003).  Conversing across cultures:  East-west communication styles in work and nonwork contexts.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85 (2), 363-372.

Langer, E. J., & Rodin, J.  (l976). The effects of choice and enhanced personal responsibility for the aged:  A field experiment in an institutional setting.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, l4, l9l-l98.

Adler, N. E., & Stewart, J. (2010).  Health disparities across the lifespan:  Meaning, methods, and mechanisms.  Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1186, 5-23.