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SOCW 6301 Week 1 Assignment: Week 1 Assignment


For this assignment you will need to:

  • identify a list of 10 peer-reviewed social work journals from the library that you might find helpful relative to your social work practice interests.  
  • discuss why using research studies from peer reviewed journals is important to the development of knowledge in social work

Assignment pre-work

Before beginning this assignment, make sure you have read the Library's Peer Review Guide

This guide will explain what peer-review is, how to search for peer-reviewed articles, and how to verify if a journal is peer-reviewed.

Next, watch the video Mysteries of the Library, Revealed! Peer Review. (below).

In the Library, we use databases to search inside journals to find articles, including articles that have been peer-reviewed. You can find social work databases on the Library's Social Work Research Guide.

Peer review

This video covers:

  • What is peer review?
  • How do I find peer-reviewed articles?
  • How do I tell if something I've found is peer-reviewed?

Video: Peer Review (YouTube)

Recorded January 2019 ( 29 min 52 sec)

More Resources

Browse peer-reviewed social work journals

Learning how to find journals in your field is very useful. Browsing journals helps you:

  • stay on top of your field by learning about current research
  • discover issues and trends that you didn't know existed
  • get ideas for research papers

Here are the leading journals in social work and human services:​

Locate peer-reviewed social work journals

Now we will locate a peer-reviewed journal in the field of Social Work.

  1. Start at the Walden Library Homepage.
  2. Click on Journals.
  3. Click on Browse for Journals by Subject.
  4. Click on: social work.
  5. Check the box for Peer Reviewed Scholarly Journals.
  6. Click on the title of the journal you wish to explore.
  7. Click Full Text Access and select a database from the drop-down list.