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Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

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Instruction librarians -- Professional practice, Information literacy -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States, Evidence-based social work, Information theory in research


When social work students graduate and move into their professional practice, they also move into a vastly different information landscape than that of the academic environment. To better understand the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) and information sources in practice, the authors performed a national survey of social workers. This survey provides a snapshot of how frequently social workers employ EBP, their use of research articles and other information resources, and their prior library instruction. The researchers make recommendations for increased consideration of the practice environment in library instruction, open access advocacy, and outreach to the field.


© Kimberly Pendell and Ericka Kimball


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian



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