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HCS519 Research Skills Guide: Select Articles

Selecting articles

Now that you've conducted some searches across a few different databases it is time to select articles that discuss a specific issue.

Because you need two articles about the same topic, try to write down any articles that look like they may adequately cover some form of social work practice surrounding your topic area.

A suggested way forward is to:

1. Write a list

Go through your results lists and write down any articles that you think might meet the criteria for a current social work practice issue within the topic area.

Highlight any references that refer to the same or similar practice area - remember to highlight more than 2 articles in each area, just in case they aren't all peer reviewed or from social work journals.
 

2. Prioritise your list

If you have a lot of results in a particular area, try prioritising the articles so that when you go on to confirm they are peer reviewed and from a social work journal, you have to check as few records as possible.

Not finding what you need?

If you aren't getting any results or your results aren't relevant, you may need to make some changes.

You could try:

  • Looking at the results you are getting to see if they are using different language to describe the topic. For example, in Australian we often hear domestic violence described as domestic violence, but in other parts of the world it is more commonly referred to as family violence.
  • Searching the internet to see what kind of language people use to describe the topic. For example, in the media, on government help sites, casually in blogs, etc.
  • Revising your keywords and the way you have structured your search. Experiment!