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About Using Web Resources
Note: There are some excellent resources listed here, but please keep in mind that in general many Web-based resources must be reviewed for authority, accuracy and authenticity. Also, Web materials are time-sensitive - a page in existence one week may not be around the following week. We have tried to list reliable, stable websites, but these tenets are always good to keep in mind while browsing ...
Google is a place to start but make sure you use your professional indexes. A controlled vocabulary search is often more reliable & less overwhelming than a Google search.
If you use Google for a web search; use Google advanced which gives you more control over the results. If you limit by Domain you can see the results from goverment sites (.gov), organizations sites (.org), or education sites (.edu). You can also limit by when the site was last updated.
Evaluate sites the way you would evaluate a book or other resource. Who sponsors it? When was it last updated? Who wrote it? Who thinks it is a good site? Typing "Link: " then the sites address in the Google search bar should result in a list of sites that links to that particular web-page. Who points to it will tell you something about the usefulness of the page.
Fall 2016 -- Featured Resources on the Web
Spring 2016 -- Featured Resource on the Web
National Conference on Social Welfare Proceedings (1874-1982)
These proceedings were issued under earlier names of the Conference as follows: 1874, Conference of Boards of Public Charities; 1875-1879, Conference of Charities; 1880-1881, Conference of Charities and Correction; 1882-1916, National Conference of Charities and Correction; 1917-1956, National Conference of Social Work; 1957-, National Conference on Social Welfare.
Features simple, proximity and Boolean searches; also browse.
University of Michigan
Pertinent Resources on the Web
Administration for Children and Families
"The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities."
Assistance Listings (formerly known as Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance or CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
"Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption."
Code of Federal Regulations (1)
"The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The 50 subject matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis. The annual update cycle is as follows: titles 1-16 are revised as of January 1; titles 17-27 are revised as of April 1; titles 28-41 are revised as of July 1; and titles 42-50 are revised as of October 1. Each title is divided into chapters, which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts that cover specific regulatory areas. Large parts may be subdivided into subparts. All parts are organized in sections, and most citations to the CFR refer to material at the section level."
Code of Federal Regulations (2)
Provided by Cornell Law School no longer easier to navigate than the CFR on the government web-site.
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Federal budget watchdog and estimator for all government spending. Analyzes the effectiveness of all programs and reports on levels of fraud. Recommends fixes.
Homelessness Resource Center
A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services
Homes and Communities
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website.
Research Methods Knowledge Base
William M.K. Trochim,Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
"Learn about the various types of discrimination prohibited by the laws enforced by EEOC. We also provide links to the relevant laws, regulations and policy guidance, and also fact sheets, Q&As, best practices, and other information."
WHO MiNDbank: More Inclusiveness Needed in Disability and Development
A database of resources covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development.
Searching on the Web
Searching the web is tracked closely by the providers; such as Google, Bing, etc. Over time the providers know the results you have been going to and will start to ONLY return results they think you want. For example, if you primarily look at conservative political sites; eventually, the typical search engine will only ever return conservative political sites. You will never get any other viewpoint. Scholars are supposed to step back and look at all sides of the research subject. The practice of only returning what matches your search history is called a "search bubble." It is one of the great opinion polarizers of modern web culture. Search providers also sell "top spot" returns which also skew the results you receive.
There are a few steps you can make to minimize the research impact of these practices:
+ Make sure you look at all viewpoints in the first place.
+ Use a non-tracking search engine such as Duck Duck Go.
Check out the link Don't Bubble Us for a clearer explanantion!
Congressional Issue Briefs
Congressional Research Service Issue Briefs are created for the members of Congress to bring them up-to-speed on issues for which they will have oversight or vote on in the near future. They are in the public domain but are not available on the net in their entirety. Below are some of the sites that have collected and made available issue briefs. An in-depth explanation can be found at the Loyola University link below. .
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