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Social Work: 5) Reading and Writing

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

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The Peer Review Process (Run-time: 3 minutes)

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Professional Writing for Social Work Practice

This invaluable guide helps social workers develop the writing skills necessary for a successful career. Actual examples drawn from all arenas of social work demonstrate strong and problematic writing. Organized around the core social work curriculum, the book’s examples are applicable to every foundation course. Written by a social work and an English professor, the book provides a fusion of writing and practice, covering all the tools necessary for developing professional social work writing skills. 

The Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing

Social work practitioners write for a variety of publications, and they are expected to show fluency in a number of related fields. Whether the target is a course instructor, scholarly journal, fellowship organization, or general news outlet, social workers must be clear, persuasive, and comprehensive in their writing, especially on provocative subjects. This first-of-its-kind guide features top scholars and educators providing a much-needed introduction to social work writing and scholarship. 

Writing in Social Spaces : A Social Processes Approach to Academic Writing

This book provides a research-based approach to the skill of writing. It supplies new theory and practices on: socializing writing-in-progress and writing with others exploring the alternation of conscious and unconscious, internal and external processes in academic writing whilst in a social group.

Research for Effective Social Work Practice

In this book you will find:

  • A practice-oriented description of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Illustrations of real-life research and evaluation from different levels of social work practice
  • Attention to the ethics and politics of research at each phase of the process, from the identification of an issue through reporting findings
  • Exercises that provide hands-on learning opportunities in research and evaluation
  • A historical, strengths-based perspective on research and evaluation in social work