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SOCW 8002: Week 3 Application: Week 3 Application

Assignment Pre-Work

Before beginning this assignment, make sure you have read the Learning Resources for the week including:

Now you will apply that information by searching for a peer-reviewed article in the Walden Library. We use databases to search inside journals to find articles, including articles that have been peer-reviewed.

By the end of this guide you will be able to: 

  • Search within a database in your subject area
  • Locate peer-reviewed articles in a library database

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Find peer-reviewed journal articles

For this course, you can use a database focused on the subject area of Social Work, such as PsycINFO.

Follow the steps below to search for peer-reviewed articles in PsycINFO:

1.  From the library website, click the blue Articles by Topic button.

2.  Click the Social Work link in the Select a Subject box.  Now you will see the Social Work Research Guide

3.  Scroll down to the Human Services Databases box.  Click the PsycINFO link.  You may need to log in with your myWalden user name and password. 

4. Now you are on a search screen with three Search boxes. Break your topic into keywords for the main concepts. Type one concept per box, like this example topic of drug abuse prevention programs that work with families:

First search box:


Second search box:

drug abuse 

Third search box:



 Note: You do need to type in keywords for a topic to search. If you are not sure how to type in your topic, visit the Keyword Searching guide.

5. Under the search boxes, click inside the check mark boxes for "Full Text" and "Peer Reviewed".

6. Click the Search button. 


Your results are all articles from peer-reviewed journals. Click the PDF or HTML Full Text links for an article you want to view in full text.

For more help saving a PDF, visit the Saving - PDF Help guide.