This essential guide to study skills takes social work students through every step of their degree journey, providing them with the academic tools they will need to thrive along the way. Inventively informed by the insights and reflections of qualifying students, the book offers effective guidance that is grounded in real experience of the social work degree. It is particularly suited to those in their early years of study and supports students as ‘social workers in the making’. The book covers a comprehensive range of the core study skills, including:

Time management; Literature searches; Engaging with research; Responding to new styles of social work learning and teaching; Critical thinking; Academic writing; Presentations

With reflective questions, handy practical tips and links to helpful websites, this accessible handbook is the perfect study companion for every student on the path to professional qualification.

Managing the Literature: Learning to Love Information Management

Managing the Literature: Learning to Love Information Management
Managing the literature: Learning to love information management

In this chapter, we explore the different types of information you, as a social work student will access and make use of in your academic work. These include sources of information such as text books, journal articles, and scholarly books. The chapter aims to assist you to:

  • manage literature;
  • search for information;
  • use information management technology;
  • be discerning about using literature.

The problem is you do have so much information at your disposal. (SW student)

What is this Thing Called ‘the Literature’?

Academic study employs terms mysterious to the uninitiated. ‘The literature’ is one of these. There is, for example, ‘discipline literature’, ‘professional literature’ as well as ‘the literature search’ and ‘the literature review’.

‘Literature’ is the body ...

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