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Social Work: "How To" videos

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2024 12:09 PM

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  1. Video Tutorials
  2. Research Tips




  • Enter your search into the white box on the middle of the page, click go, and sort results. 
  • On the results page, use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to filter.
  • Because this is a comprehensive search, you will likely get many results - but use the results to help you get familiar with your research topic. 



  • When you first search a database, take a moment to get familiar with the search page.
  • On your results page, use the available filters to narrow your results. 
  • You may have to search in multiple databases because each database accesses different journal titles. 


To save time, you can combine databases with the EBSCO platform. Watch the video for instructions: 

Below you will find two more in-depth videos about using the UB Libraries' resources and databases. 


Research Tips

Reviewing Research: Literature Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and Systematic Reviews 

  • Very helpful and detailed guide to the world of reviews.

Google Scholar 

  • Set up a profile! In your account options, select "library links" to double-check that you are connected to UB (choose: University at Buffalo Libraries - View it @ UB) You may also create an alert in Scholar.  Click the envelope icon near "create alert." 

  • If you run across a journal title that isn't familiar...make sure to check the title to confirm that it is a trusted peer-reviewed journal (and not a predatory journal).  Use Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory 

Plagiarism and Academic Scholarship

  • Consult this resource guide for an overview of plagiarism and good citation practices.

SPI-Hub Scholarly Publishing Information Hub

  • Developed by information specialists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, this excellent database is a compilation of journal information and reputability factors (e.g., indexing status in databases, stated adherence to publishing policies/best practices, reporting of open access policies such as fees and licensing options).