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Social Work Policy Paper: SWK 540, 530 & 440: Home

Designed for SWK 440, 530, & 540

Finding Current Information

This is a good source to use to identify possible policies, and to get background information.

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Finding Scholarly Information

For interpretation, historical background, and implementation effects of a policy, you need to find secondary sources of information.  The best analysis usually comes from materials written by scholars, or experts, and published either through a editorial review process, such as books published by academic publishers, or  a peer-review process, used by many scholarly journals.

Tools to Help Locate Specific Policies

These are sites that can assist in finding the actual policy, which is your primary source:

Citing References

 All sources that inform your research need to be cited.  Social Work uses the American Psychological Association Style (APA), which may be familiar.  However, for legal citations (to actual laws, cases, etc.) APA follows The Bluebook, a legal citation manual.

  • Citation Examples

Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, 530 U.S. 640, (2000).

Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, Pub. L. No. 100-360, 102 Stat. 683 (1988).

Other General Information Sources

Other Tools to Access Materials

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