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Comprehensive Seminar: SWK 8903

Strategies and tips for locating resources for your research project.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professor Koch requires you to write a comprehensive paper that:

  • Due: April 15, 2019
  • Approximately 8,000-10,000 words (20-25 pages)
  • Analyzes your work with a specified client system in terms of the 8 program themes
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman with 1" margins
  • Utilizes APA format for structure and citations
  • A minimum of 20 resources should be used
    • ​No more than 5 sources may be sources exclusively on the internet
    • Any paper turned in with fewer than 20 resources will be returned
    • Case specifics may dictate changes in this in consultation with the instructor

​Your paper should use these exact  headings:

  1. Introduction
  2. Assessment
  3. Explanatory Theories
  4. Practice Theories
  5. ​Diversity Issues
  6. Populations-at-Risk / Social and Economic Justice (you could address these two themes in separate sections if you prefer)
  7. Effects of Social Policy on this client system
  8. Values and Ethics
  9. Transition from Student to Graduate-Level Professional

The concluding section of the paper deals with your transition from student to graduate-level professional and the development of a personal continuing development and education agenda. This section does not need to present scholarly data, but it is given special consideration in the evaluation of the final paper. Your attention is directed to the importance of using seminar interaction to inform the development of this section.


The purpose of this guide is to help you discover high quality resources for your comprehensive practice paper. Please keep in mind that our reference librarian, Jeanette would be delighted to meet with you virtually or over the phone to walk you thru getting started with this process.

 It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately. It can also ensure that you select the most relevant materials for your needs rather than settling for the first resources you find.

Well done research for a project like this one is not a quick and straightforward process, so don't be frustrated if you are not able to locate what you are looking for with the first attempt. The more you use and search in the library databases, the better you will become at navigating and locating quality resources.

You will find short screen cast videos that demonstrate different searching techniques to help you get started and to help you refine your searching as you go. If you have questions, please contact us as soon as possible.