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HDFS 448: Child and Family Policy: Background Information

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Why should I start my research with reference books?

Use reference materials to find background information.  Reference books can help you:

  • Explore a topic: find out what has been said about this subject, trends, issues, etc.
  • Identify and define unfamiliar terms or people in your reading
  • Find references to other books and articles on the subject
  • Find specific keywords to use in online searches

Reference Databases

Encyclopedia of Social Work

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