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Social Work - Legislative Policy  

Sources that can be used to critically analyze a legislative and/or regulatory policy related to social work.
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This is a guide to resources available at Catholic University, as well as general Internet sources, that can be used in researching federal or state/local legislative and/or regulatory policies.


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Online Access; Finding Books and Journals - General Information


  • For online access from home or work:  go to main CUA web site: 
  • From the CUA web page, click on Academic, then Libraries on the drop-down menu. 
  • My Library Account (at the very top right of the library home page). Use to keep track of the books you have checked out, any fines, and to track requests you have made for consortium loans. You can also renew books online. Use My Library Account to retrieve articles you request via consortium or interlibrary loan. 
  • Click on the tabs of the Summon SearchBox to get an overview of all the resources available, or simply scan the library home page.


           Catalog (WRLC – Washington Research Libraries Consortium)

  • Use to find books at CU or other consortium libraries.  There are 8 WRLC consortium libraries.
  • Use to find what journal titles we own in print
  • Use to request books and print journal articles from other consortium libraries (only if CU does not own) or from WRLC storage.  To use this service, click on a record from another library for a book or journal CU does not own.  If a journal, check to see that the other library holds the print journal for the date you need, and then click on “request through consortium loan services” on the record and fill out the page that comes up.
  • when searching the catalog, you can limit to the items CU own


e-Journal Finder

  • Use to find what journal titles are available online and for what dates
  • Only CU e-journals are available online to CU students.  E-journals in other WRLC libraries are available only if you make a visit to the other campus.



Using Databases and Indexes - General Information

· There are currently about 120 article or reference databases (use alphabetical list in the drop-down menu to see all of them

· In the drop-down menu under “find databases”, there is a category for “social work.”  These are the databases most used by NCSSS students, although certainly not the only ones.

 Note:  CUA student ID number is necessary to access databases from off campus



Finding and Retrieving Articles - General Information

Finding articles on your topic and retrieving them: 


        Go to an index and find some good articles.  Note the journal that the article comes from.  There are 4 possibilities for retrieving the article:


                                    1) We can have the journal online.  Use the “find it” links in the article abstract, or alternatively, open a new window, go to “CU's e-journals” on the library home page, and see if the journal is available online for the dates you want.

                                    2) We can have the journal in print.  Go to the catalog and search under "journal title."  See if CU has it.  If it does, go to the stacks and copy the article.  If it is an older journal, it may be in WRLC storage.  Request a copy of the article online.

                                    3) We could have both.

                                    4) We could have neither.


                                    If CU does not have the journal you need for the date you need either in print or online, go to the online catalog and see if another WRLC library has the journal (print - not electronic) in the year you want.  Request a copy of the article using the link provided in the catalog record for the journal.  You must provide all the needed bibliographic information for the article: author, title of article, name of journal, vol., issue or number, and page numbers of the article.  You get this information from the reference you found for the article.

                                    If no WRLC library has the journal, use the interlibrary loan form, located under "library services" button at the top of the library home page.

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