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SOCW 4395: Current Issues in Social Work

This course focuses on skills and knowledge geared toward improving the student's academic writing.

Step 2: Begin your research. Collect information and articles.

The Filter Bubble

How to "De-Personalize" Search Results

CNET article "Five ways to depersonalize Google search results"

  1. Use Private browsing (available in all major browsers)
  2. If you have a Google account (Gmail, Drive, Google+, etc.) click the globe icon in top-right corner to toggle personalized results off and on.
  3. Use Search Settings to chose Do not use personal results.
  4. Set browser to clear history and delete cookies when closed. Use a new browser for searching
  5. Create your own depersonalized search engine) - only works with Chrome

Additional Suggestions:

  1. Try using DuckDuckGo for searches. Pledges anonymity. Available as a Firefox or Internet Explorer search addon.
  2. Don't click links in Facebook: copy the link and view in a different browser.
  3. Don't stay logged into Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, etc while browsing and searching.

Library databases NEVER apply filters that you are unaware of. Search results are not influenced by previous searches unless YOU decide to leave selected filters in place!

Search Tips

Think of keywords that relate to your topic to begin your reasearch.

Boolean Operators are the words AND, OR and NOT that can be used to combine keywords in ways to narrow your search results.

Use Boolean Modifiers to further define and narrow your search.

FLOATED Box: Discover

Search Discover Databases,Books, or Reserves

Search This Database First

Look for the special limiters for age, gender, document type, to improve your search results.

Other Databases with Important Content

The following databases don't have the special features of Web of Knowledge, but do contain significant full-text.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book or article that we don't have, you can get it via Interlibrary Loan Details (ILL).