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Social Work Research Guide

Background Sources

Background sources, also known as reference sources, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, and other online or print "books". You might want to consult one or more of them when you're first starting your research, especially if the topic you are researching is unfamiliar to you. They can be excellent sources of factual information, concepts, theories, definitions, terminology and references to other, more in-depth, sources of information.

Examples off background resources below:

Turner, F. J. (2005). Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Stuart, P. H., &  Herrick, J. M.  (2005). Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America.  Thousand Oaks, Cali: Sage Publications, Inc.  2005. 
An e-reference book that provides readers with basic information about the history of social welfare in North America.

The Encyclopedia of Social Work.  Oxford Reference. 2008. 

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