Overview Sources are an excellent place to start seeking information!
Academic libraries buy or subscribe to a LOT of "overview" resources. They are a reputable starting point to launch questions that narrow your focus.
As you begin to research a new topic, explore general background information first.
You will gain:
These are reference databases that cover general information on multiple disciplines including Social Work topics.
The summaries include keywords, an abstract, an introduction to the topic addressed, and include extensive lists of cited literature.
Here is a tutorial that covers website features, and how to navigate, access, and search effectively across Annual Reviews content.
There are many overview sources available in the library's collection that cover issues like poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse or violence, mental health issues, disabilities, and much more. If you don't know how to search for them in our library's online catalog, ask a librarian for help.
Contemporary World Issues is a series where each book covers a "hot topic" in the recent news. All are written by a specialist in the topic, and the contents include background, problems and solutions, worldwide perspective, chronology, biographical sketches, documents, related organizations, and resources.
They are similar to CQ Researcher resources but fill an entire book instead of a 20+ page report.
It is possible to search for the more than 190 titles in this series in Vogel Library's online catalog. Simple type: contemporary world issues into the "Keyword" box and hit "search."