Most scholarly research is still behind a paywall -- which makies it difficult to have an evidence-informed practice when you can't access the evidence! But there has been some progress in making research available via Open Access, and always feel free to contact your Social Welfare Librarian!
Open Access Resources Related to Social Welfare:
There are also some individual OA journals that might be helpful:
NonPartisan/Centrist Research & Evaluation Organizations:
As the author of a work you are the copyright holder unless and until you transfer the copyright to someone else in a signed agreement.
Copyright is a bundle of rights, not just one right. You do not have to surrender all your copyrights when you publish, though some publishers may ask you to do so. Transfer of copyrights can lead to problems, for example, you may not be able to make copies of your own work to share with your students or colleagues without permission. Transfer of copyrights to the publisher also confers enormous market power on the publisher, as the exclusive owner of the rights to your work.
By retaining your copyright, or by transferring your copyright but retaining some rights, you can control the dissemination of your research. By removing access barriers (including cost) you allow more readers to access your scholarship. UC recommends that you can retain at least some of your rights:
* from The Case for Scholars' Management of Their Copyright (PDF) endorsed by the UC Academic Council, April 2006