Social Work for graduate students

Use this guide to begin your research and consult Margaret McLeod, who can help you find the materials you need to complete your assignments. This guide is designed for graduate students in the School of Social Work.

Finding academic literature

The Library Search Box searches everything in the library catalogue (books, ebooks, journal titles, games, music, videos, government information, maps, and more!), almost all of the articles and other sources in the databases that we subscribe to.


Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers (one-page guide from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries)

Student journals

Journals recommended by faculty members

Faculty in the School of Social Work suggest the  following journals. 

Some are available only in print; others are available in print and electronic format. Check UlrichsWeb for information about individual journals. 

Grey Literature: What is it? How to find it?

Grey literature is an important source of information in arts and social science research that:

  • adds a valuable global perspective
  • provides detailed overviews on specific populations
  • may be only source of local information

Grey literature is defined as "information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing" ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."  ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997. Expanded in New York, 2004

Types of grey literature

  • Government information
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Conference proceedings
  • Newspapers and magazines

Library resources


Literature review writing guides

Citation management

Research data management

Research ethics at Carleton University

Data analysis

  • SPSS and Stata. The library offers a statistical consulting service to help students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty and other researchers in the Carleton University community with their questions regarding quantitative data. 
  • NVivo.

CURVE is Carleton's institutional repository.

This repository collects, preserves and provides open access to the academic, research output and creative works of Carleton faculty and scholars. 

Contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Writing process

Resources for Authors

Open Access

Graduate Student Open Access Award

$1000 award encourages Carleton graduate students to make their work more widely available on the internet by publishing research in open access journals.


What is an ORCID and do I need one?

ORCID is a digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, and automated links between you and your professional activities.

Journal rankings

Citation-based metrics used for ranking journals. This may be important for:

  • preparing your portfolio
  • assesing the impact and quality of a journal relative to a particular discipline or field
  • tenure and promotion in academic circles

Consult the Journal Rankings Help Guide for more information


Thesis guidelines @ Carleton University

Content last updated: October 1, 2019