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1 The Next Step Transitioning to the professional world

2 Research Informed Practice Research – research-informed practice is defined as knowledge or practices based upon the practical application of objective and accurate information. Research-informed practice is the confluence where knowledge and professionalism meet.

3 Done with school, done with research, or so you thought…. Grants Scholarships Research Proposals Business Plans More Grants Scholarships Research Proposals Business Plans More

4 Where do I go for help?  GVSU GVSU  What privileges do alumni have?  Public Libraries  What do they have to offer?  ILL  Reference  GVSU GVSU  What privileges do alumni have?  Public Libraries  What do they have to offer?  ILL  Reference

5 Keeping up with the field Major journals and trade publications –NASW –Social Worker Online –Scholarly & Professional sources –Peers - how?

6 The Interactive Web Blogs –RSS aggregators Bloglines Google Reader Feedreader NewsGator Etc. –Example - NASW

7 Bloglines

8 GVSU as an example / SW Listserv from GVSU / Professional listservs / SWAN / Social Work World / Google “social work listservs”social work listservs / SW Listserv from GVSU / Professional listservs / SWAN / Social Work World / Google “social work listservs”social work listservs

9 Conferences NASW, SSWAA, SSWR and many, many other acronyms Depends on the area of interest –Child Welfare –Aging –Mental Health Networking Latest developments in the field

10 “But how? I’m still paying for school!” Grant opportunities GVSU Alumni page Library Alumni page Grant Databases And… Grant opportunities GVSU Alumni page Library Alumni page Grant Databases And…

11 Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership The Johnson Collection is Michigan's only comprehensive academic library on the subjects of philanthropy and volunteerism

12 The Johnson Collection  Dorothy A. Johnson & Council of Michigan Foundations  Majority of the collection at Steelcase Library  Main room is reference, extensive circulating collection  Periodicals - over 50 subscriptions  Dorothy A. Johnson & Council of Michigan Foundations  Majority of the collection at Steelcase Library  Main room is reference, extensive circulating collection  Periodicals - over 50 subscriptions

13 Dorothy A. Johnson Center  Community Research Institute (CRI)  Nonprofit Good Practice Guide  Grantmaking School  Johnson Collection at Steelcase  Community Research Institute (CRI)  Nonprofit Good Practice Guide  Grantmaking School  Johnson Collection at Steelcase

14 Sources of Statistics  GVSU Library - Government Resources pageGovernment Resources page  American Factfinder  FedStats  County and City Data Book  more….

15 Statistics Sources cont’d »U.S. Census BureauU.S. Census Bureau »Mich.govMich.gov »accessKent.comaccessKent.com »Grand Rapids city pageGrand Rapids city page

16 Other Sources of Information F GVSU Alumni Page GVSU Alumni Page F Mel.org Mel.org F Google Scholar (difference between on- campus and off-campus) Google Scholar F Public Library F GVSU Alumni Page GVSU Alumni Page F Mel.org Mel.org F Google Scholar (difference between on- campus and off-campus) Google Scholar F Public Library

17 Conclusion  Make use of local resources  Keep up with the literature  Talk with colleagues  Make friends with a librarian  Make use of local resources  Keep up with the literature  Talk with colleagues  Make friends with a librarian


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