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Master of Social Work Program (UNH Durham): Reference Sources

Identifies core and class-related resources for online and campus-based MSW programs. Provides information on research methods and resources, obtaining library materials, getting help, and more.

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Why Use Reference Sources?

Reference sources are good places to gather background information on a topic or get ideas when choosing a topic.

Background information:

  • definitions
  • specific factual information such as dates
  • overviews or summaries of topics
  • recommendations for additional sources
  • research vocabulary

Types of reference sources

  • specialized encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • directories
  • statistical compilations
  • handbooks
  • bibliographies

Selected Online Resources

Finding Grants

Statistical Resources

These are some good starting points for demographic, social, and economic statistical information. If you aren't finding what you need, Ask a Librarian.