Salisbury University Libraries


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SOWK200 - Ms. Habeger

Getting Help

Hello, I'm Mou Chakraborty, Director of Public Services at the Blackwell Library. I supervise the Research & Instructional Services (RIS) Department and the Access Services Department. What it means for you is that I am your contact person for your instructional needs at the Blackwell Library.

For Distance Students

I also coordinate distance library services. So if you are a distance student, please feel free to contact me. Sometimes as a distance student you may feel a little isolated from the main campus.  Rest assured, we want to make sure that you are getting equitable level of library services from us.  You are also going to find this Distance Learners page a very useful starting point.

You can call me at 410-543-6131 or email me at

 Other Contacts in the Library

  • You can call the Research & Instructional Services Desk at 1-888-543-0148 (ask for Blackwell Library Research Help Desk) or directly at 410-548-5988

  • You can do chat with:

    • the Circulation staff asking them basic library questions including Interlibrary Loan (ILL) questions.

    • RIS librarians for research help.

  • You can also get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Maryland AskUsNow reference service.   Find out more about that here.

I'd highly encourage you to also go through the Library Tutorial as it will answer many of the questions you have.

If you're new to the library website, here's a quick tutorial to show you how to get around!


For this course you will have two library related assignments:

  • Research Log- you will be given a log in class and it will also be posted on MyClasses.

  • Website Evaluation - Here's the criteria that you will use for to evaluate your selected website from the list. A list of websites and the exercise worksheet will be distributed in class.

If you have any questions about these assignments, please contact Mou directly.

Finding Articles

Ask yourself if you need scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.  Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.  What does that mean?  Find out using this comparison table handout.

We have several databases you can use to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.  Some of them only give a citation to the article, and some have the full-text.  Here is a list of databases you might want to try.  NOTE: If you are off campus, you will need to log in with the barcode from the BACK of your Gull Card to access the databases.


  • Academic Search Premier - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - this database contains full-text world news, legal and business information.

  • National Newspapers - a collection of full-text major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post.


  • Social Work Abstracts - our main database for Social Work.

  • ERIC - "Education Resources Information Center," a database with full text education articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to non-full text resources.

  • PsycINFO - the gold standard database for psychology and related fields.

  • PsycArticles- includes full text articles from 71 journals in psychology and related fields.

  • Social Sciences Abstracts - articles and citations for interdisciplinary fields such as addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics, gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political sciences, psychology, sociology, and more

Find It Button


It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.  Watch this video tutorial for more information about ILL.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!  See it in action in this tutorial!

You can also use the Citation Linker, another fabulously cool tool.   It is useful when you are reading an article and it cites another article that looks like it would be super useful for your research.   You plug in the citation information for that article and can find out how to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the library, or through Interlibrary Loan.  It works the same way as Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.

Learn more about the Citation Linker!

Everybody's Favorite: Statistics!

You can also try your hand at finding datasets by Googling "public use" AND dataset AND [your topic].   Statistics can be tricky, so be sure and let me know if you're having problems finding what you want!

Citing your work

is not cool.  Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Use this guide to help you cite your work, and remember librarians are good at answering citation questions as well!

Here are some of my favorite sites for help with APA Style:

Helpful Websites!

SWAN (Social Work Access Network)

Internet Subject Guide for Social Work (Hunter College, CUNY)

Social Work & Social Services Web Sites
(George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis)

Literature Reviews (University of North Carolina)

Social Work Literature Reviews (From the OWL at Purdue)

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The instruction librarian liaison to Social Work is Mou Chakraborty, | 410-543-