U of M SW 5095 - Search Resources (8 pages)

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University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
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Sw 5095 - Special Topics

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FINDING RESEARCH EVIDENCE STUDENT HANDOUT 4 Search Resources There are four main types of electronic search options that can be used to access search resources search engines databases retrieval systems and Web sites Please note there is some overlap between types of research resources and search options For example some Web sites function as both a database and a search engine Search engines such as Google are designed to quickly gather and report information from the Internet They are searchable by word or topic and present a list of links to Web sites containing the word or topic searched Databases are an organized and searchable collection of records including journals and books which can be accessed electronically Databases provide various services including retrieval of abstracts bibliographies and full text articles Retrieval systems are a collection of databases usually grouped by subject e g sociology humanities medicine Searches are able to access thousands of resources with multiple databases being searched simultaneously Some databases and retrieval systems may be searched for no cost while others require a subscription usually obtained by universities Web sites are interconnected pages or documents that are available via the Internet and can be written by a person group or organization The following is a list of search engines databases retrieval systems and Web sites that social work students may find particularly useful to inform social work evidence based practice Those search options denoted by are ones that require a subscription and that students may want to check with their school library to see if they have access to Name World Wide Web Resources for Social Workers PubMed Social Work Search Engines and Databases Description Link The World Wide Web Resources for http www nyu edu socialwork wwwrsw Social Workers is specifically designed for social workers to use in their search for information on the Internet It acts as both a database and a



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