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SOW 3232 - Social Welfare Policy: Your Assignment and Related Resources

Prof. Laviano

About This Guide

This page highlights resources to help you successfully complete your course assignments. Use the tabs along the top page to explore the wealth of information available to you. If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk (954-201-6653) or email us at

Your Assignments

Throughout this course, you will have assignments centering on social work issues, programs, policies, and legislation.

Suggested Topics

  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Welfare Program
  • Welfare
  • Social Security
  • Public Housing
  • Hunger and Nutritional Programs
  • Child Care
  • Child Support
  • Veteran Affairs
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Low-income
  • Elderly
  • Minimum Wage Legislation
  • Immigration Reform
  • Affordable Health Care Act
  • Crime Victim's Compensation Act

Electronic Books

eBooks are electronic versions of books available to read online 24/7. Click the link below to search for ebooks by keyword or subject.

(Remember if you are off campus, you will have to login using your FAU NetID credentials or with your FAU Owl Card# (21976...) from your College ID and your library PIN: the 2-digit month and 2-digit day of your birthdate).

Search FAU Catalog

You can locate books, ebooks, journals, microfilm, videos, music, DVDs, and other library materials using the FAU library catalog. This search box searches for all types of materials.



WorldCat Catalog

WorldCat is the world's largest database of library books. It allows you to search local library collections such as Novasoutheastern University, Florida Atlantic University, and the Broward County Public Library, as well as the United States and worldwide.

Search for an item in libraries near you:


Once you locate books available from WorldCat, Current BC students may request books not owned by U/CL through U/CL Interlibrary Loan services.

Suggested Websites

If you choose to use the Internet for your research, consider the following:

  • How authoritative is the source of information?
  • How accurate is the information?
  • How reliable is the information? Who is authoring this content?
  • How current is the information? Is it outdated?
  • How relevant is the information to my topic?

Also, don't forget that you must cite the source. Can you identify at least an author, title and date?

Why Journal Articles?

When researching within your discipline, it is very important to use scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles to find current research on your topic. Journal articles can be found by using the library databases that are appropriate for your topic. Below is a list of some professional journals in social work and social policy:

  • Journal of Sociology and Social Work
  • Journal of Social Work
  • Social Work and Society
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Social Work Today
  • Child and Family Social Work
  • Journal of Health and Social Policy
  • Journal of Child Abuse and the Law
  • Journal of Aging and Social Policy
  • Administration in Social Work
  • Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care
  • Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Journals vs. Magazines

Journals - Academic / Scholarly publications of articles written by experts in the particular field of study. These articles are written for others within that particular discipline or profession using vocabulary and terminology common to them. Example: Journal of American Medical Association.

      (Within journals is the more rigorous scholarly peer-reviewed or refereed articles that have to pass review by a board of experts in the field before publication.)

Magazines - General publications of articles written for people to get an overview of a topic, meant for general population comprehension. Magazine articles may be written by experts but are meant to be relatable to a larger audience than journals. Example: Newsweek, The Economist, or Sports Illustrated.

Recommended FAU Databases

Below is a list of databases appropriate for researching your assignments. All resources are available off-campus via EZproxy using your FAU NetID login, or your library card number located on your Owl Card and the MMDD of your birthdate. For the full list of databases, go to Browse Databases by Subject and select a subject area from the dropdown menu.

DOI Finder Tools

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): refers to a unique alphanumeric string assigned to a journal article, book, book chapter, or reference entry. The DOI number is used to help track and identify individual documents. It is similar to the function of IBSN for a book.