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Social Welfare Research Toolkit: Open Social Welfare

Resources for research in Social Welfare.

Open Access Social Welfare (and related)

Research After Graduation

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:

Indigenous Research Resources

Journal of Indigenous Research: Full Circle - Returning Native Research to the People

Decolonization - Indigeneity, Education & Society: Research engaged in the decolonization process, regardless of discipline or field.

First Peoples Child & Family Review : Interdisciplinary journal that honours the voices, perspectives and knowledges of First Peoples through research, critical analyses, community stories and art.

Journal of Indigenous Social Development: Formerly Journal of Indigenous voices in social work.

Indigenous Knowledge Portal: Literature reviews, reports, guides, films, booklets, studies, journal articles and presentations all related to Aboriginal children and families in Canada and other countries.

National Resource Center on Indigenous Aging: Empowering Native people to develop community based solutions to Native elder health and social issues.

Google Scholar

Authors' Rights

We call on UC authors and scholars … to exercise control of their scholarship … to ensure the widest dissemination of works…. *

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:

  • You can amend the copyright transfer agreement that you get from your publisher -- or you can ask one of us and we would be happy to help you.


* from The Case for Scholars' Management of Their Copyright (PDF) endorsed by the UC Academic Council, April 2006