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SW 472 : Social Work in Health Care: Background Information

Background Information

Start by finding out the basics about your topic and it's context within the field of social work and social policy. 

Encyclopedias and reference books (e.g. handbooks, dictionaries, etc.) are a starting point to gather knowledge on a topic that is new to you.  They can be a used to supplement your textbook readings and will help you understand how your topic fits into a broader context.  Importantly, encyclopedia articles identify the major works on a topic and introduce terminology that you can use as search terms as you continue on with your research.

Social Work Background Information

Medical Background Information