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Social Work

This guide provides descriptions of commonly used library resources for practice, research, and scholarship in the field of Social Work.


FactSheets are a method of communication intended to share information about a topic and persuade your audience to take action, particularly in terms of fundraising or advocacy. FactSheets are brief yet rich in data so that they may inspire your audience to get involved and recognize your expertise and commitment. 

On this page, you will find tips on how to create a FactSheet as well as data and image sources to help convey credible and meaningful information.

The Facts about FactSheets graphic from

Facts about FactSheets. (2020, January 8). Lever For Change.

Getting Started

Before you start your FactSheet, here are some questions to consider:

  1. What story do you want to tell?
  2. Who is the intended audience for this story?
    (If you have multiple audiences, try to identify distinguishing characteristics among them.)
  3. What data, photos, graphics will help tell that story
  4. How do you want the audience to respond?

Data Sources

These are just a few of the resources for exploring datasets and statistics. You can find more on this guide's Data page.

Infographics Feed - information for practice

Information for Practice ( is a collection of materials relevant to Social Work scholarship and practice. An excellent resource for maintaining an awareness of news regarding the profession and emerging scholarship. The following feed comes from its Infographics section.

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Image Sources

Images on the open web are subject to copyright law in the same manner as any other creative work; there is no guarantee that an image is legally available for re-use just because it is freely accessible on the web. Please refer to our Copyright research guide for guidance on the use of images in your FactSheet and other materials.