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This guide will help you find scholarly resources in the field of Social Work. If you have trouble finding what you are looking for please contact the reference department at (508) 531-1394 or refdept@bridgew.edu.

Where do I start?

Getting started with finding sources involves some trial and error. Finding the right databases to search, and the right keywords, takes effort. You can use the MaxGuides  or the Databases A-Z list to assist you with finding the right databases. Once you identify a database you can enter your keywords to start searching. If you are not finding what you need think of some synonyms, or alternate spellings. Does "Fire Department" yield more results than "Fire Station"? Does searching "grey matter" give different results than "gray matter"?  Once you find an article, you can use it to find more information. Are there author-supplied keywords that you might try searching? What kind of references are listed?

Keep in mind:

  • Research takes time
  • Do not be afraid to be wrong
  • Finding just one good article may be the key to finding more
  • Not everything will be online - look for print journals, and books!
  • Librarians are here to assist you - do not be afraid to ask for help


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Maxwell Library Catalog

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Use the Library's Online Catalog to find books, e-books, and video. You can search by title, author, keyword, or subject. Books labeled "General Collection" can be checked out and are located on the second and third floors. DVDs are located on the first floor behind the circulation desk.

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Fri.: 7:30 am 5:00 pm

Sat.: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun.: 12pm – 10:00pm