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SLWK 603: Social Work and Social Justice

Behavioral & Social Sciences Research Librarian

Nita Bryant
Stop by, email, or call for an appointment:

Cabell Library, Room 314-M


  • Understand how to search strategically, Identify relevant conceptual & theoretical terms
  • Find peer-reviewed articles in databases relevant to your topic & population
  • Locate books, media, and other relevant sources
  • Locate statistics on your population
  • Cite sources using APA Style

Statement from the NASW

Social work is a practical profession aimed at helping people address their problems and matching them with the resources they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Beneath this practicality lies a strong value system that can be summarized in two words: social justice. Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.