Social policy resources for social work: Grey literature and the Internet

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Abstract

Accreditation standards for professional schools offering social work degrees mandate curriculum content that provides students with skills to analyze, formulate, and influence social policies. An important source of analytical thinking about social policy is the "grey" literature issued by public policy organizations, think tanks, universitybased research institutions, and professional organizations that is increasingly available via the Internet. This research surveys library social work subject pages for content and links related to the social policy grey literature. A coding scheme was developed that counted the number of paths to relevant grey literature from the libraries' subject guides. The results of the study suggest that there is a great deal of variance across institutions in how much help they provide users. Libraries must do a better job guiding users to the policy organizations that produce reports, briefs, and newsletters that are important to social policy problem solving and implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalBehavioral and Social Sciences Librarian
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 27 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences

Keywords

  • Grey literature
  • Internet
  • Policy practice
  • Public policy organizations
  • Social policy

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