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Social Work 584: Policy Practice and Advocacy: Home

This guide is for SOCW 584 Policy Practice and Advocacy.

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This guide is designed to help you with your assignments in SOCW 584. To navigate, simply click the grey tabs above. You can find background information and scholarly articles for your social policy research.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I'm happy to help via email or research consultation. We can meet through Zoom or in-person. I hold office hour at Dean's Conference Room, School of Social Work, on Mondays 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Spring 2023. 

For complicated government information services, you can contact our Government Information Librarian Sanga Sung

For annotated laws, in-depth legislative history research, and secondary legal resources, contact Law Library.

For other areas, check Subject Specialists in the Library.

Required Course Readings & Access

Recommended Course Texts & Access

How to Access the New York Times

To access the New York Times (1980-Current File), click Nexis Uni Access

To browse the current day news, please refer to the screenshot, choose “Today” And “News” and click search.

Or follow these instructions to access today's New York Times articles: 

1. Go to the University Library homepage, scroll down and click on the orange tab near the center, Find Materials, then click on the Online Journals icon.

2. Search for the New York Times and click on the first result for the New York Times that says, Available Online.  Within that result, click on the link for Nexis Uni.

3.  On the Nexis Uni homepage:

  • In the upper left corner, click on Menu, then click on, All Sources.
  • On the next screen, just below the upper left corner, enter “New York Times” (with or without quotation marks) into the Search Within Sources search box, and click on the search button (magnifying glass).
  • Near the center of the screen, find The New York Times in the result list, and click on the 3 dots on the far right, then select Get documents.
  • To reduce duplicate articles from displaying, near the center of the screen, change the Group Duplicates option from Off to On.
  • Scroll down the page, and on the left side, change both date fields under Timeline to today’s date.
  • If desired, sort article titles alphabetically via the Sort by field at the top of the result list, on the right. 
  • If desired, use the Search Within Results box on the left to find specific terms.

Additionally, online access to the New York Times (and a few other newspapers), is accessible to enrolled undergraduate students logging in with their NetID and password on the Collegiate Readership Program homepage.

print copy of today's New York Times (as well as several other major metropolitan newspapers) is available at the Communications Library.

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