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SWK 4510: Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

For SWK 4510 students, and other social work students, using database search strategies to locate relevant research evidence for papers and assignments.



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Evidence-Based Practice Tools

Tips for finding qualitative or quantitative studies

Clinical Queries filter

Methodology Filter

  • For PsycINFO, there's a methodology filter available under additional limits. Filter to empirical study, quantitative, or qualitative

Methodology Oriented Locaters for Evidence Searching (MOLES) terms 

MOLES terms from Gibbs, L. (2003). Evidence-based practice for the helping professions, Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning. They have been adapted by professors Esme Fuller-Thomson and Ted McNeill at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.


Ovid Databases
  • RCT or randomi* or control* trial* or control* clinical or clinical trial* or random* assign* or random* allocat* or control* group* or comparison group* or treat* group* or wait* list* or control* condition* or quasi-experiment* or quasiexperiment* or (control* adj3 intervention) or (control* adj3 treat*) or placebo
Proquest Databases
  • (RCT OR (trial* NEAR/3 (control* OR clinical)) OR (random* NEAR/3 (allocat* OR assign*)) OR ((treat* OR comparison OR intervention OR control) NEAR/2 group*) OR (control* NEAR/2 (condition* OR clinic* OR intervention* OR treat*)) OR (waitlist* OR wait* PRE/0 list*) OR (quasiexperiment* OR quasi PRE/1 experiment*) OR placebo)


Ovid Databases
  • (("semi-structured" or semistructured or unstructured or informal or "in-depth" or indepth or "face-to-face" or structured or guide) adj3 (interview* or discussion* or questionnaire*)) or (focus group* or qualitative or ethnograph* or fieldwork or "field work" or "key informant")
Proquest Databases
  • (("semi-structured" OR semistructured OR unstructured OR informal OR "in-depth" OR indepth OR "face-to-face" OR structured OR guide OR guides) NEAR/3 (interview* OR discussion* OR questionnaire*)) OR ("focus group*" OR qualitative OR ethnograph* OR fieldwork OR "field work" OR "key informant" OR interviews OR "group discussion" OR "mixed method*")