Learning resource kit

The Learning Resource Kit has links to information, policies, and other resources that we hope will assist you in preparing for and completing BSW courses online.

To: University of Victoria Distance Education Students in Social Work

From: Carol Gordon


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Head of Distance Learning and Research Library Services (Infoline) and encourage you to make use of our library services to assist you with your studies. As a distance student, you can use Infoline to request specific books or articles from the UVic Libraries. To request any of these services, call us anytime at 250-721-6488 or toll free at 1-800-563-9494 (message only), fax 250-721-6233, or email infoline@uvic.ca

You may request an unlimited number of books sent to your home address, at no charge. Return postage is included. If you can't find an article you want online, let us know. We can help!!

To locate information on a course topic or research paper, you can access the UVic Libraries’ online catalogues 

Databases, including PsycInfo and Social Work Abstracts, can be accessed by clicking on the blue tab entitled "Search and Find", then "Databases", or you can go to this listing of databases particularly relevant to Social Work.

If you have a difficult topic which you would like to discuss with me or if you need help conducting your search, you may contact either myself or my colleague directly:

We welcome your questions in whatever form they come!

We can help you to:

  • gain remote access to the Library resources
  • devise tips and strategies for using any of the online databases more effectively;
  • formulate a search strategy or choose appropriate key words for your topic;
  • broaden or narrow the focus of your search;
  • access other resources appropriate for your topic;
  • search the Web more effectively;
  • and much more!

In short, we can help to make the UVic library and its resources more accessible to you.

For a quick overview of our services, please click on the short presentation. For more information, check our website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Regards, Carol


UVic Centre for Academic Communication (formerly The Writing Centre)

APA Style Guide (PDF)

APA Style Tutorial

Writing skills

Developing your critical analysis skills (PDF)

Dan Kurland's: www.criticalreading.com

Critical thinking skills

Essays and arguments: a handbook on writing argumentative and interpretative essays

Writing an annotated bibliography

Writing Resources (from UVic Learning and Teaching Centre)

Additional Writing/Analysis Resources:

Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing Basics

Practical guide to critical reading, thinking and analysis (Oxford Brookes University)

http://www.brookes.ac.uk/library/health/Be%20More%20Critical%20Guide%202011_web.pdf?fDocumentId=2622

What is critical thinking? (Walden University)

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ld.php?content_id=2828368

Critical writing (University of Leicester)

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/critical-writing

Short guide to critical thinking (UNSW)

https://student.unsw.edu.au/critical-thinking

Strategies for critical thinking (Walden University)

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ASCsuccess/ASCstrategiesforthinkingcritically

Narrated Power Point on Critical Thinking (WLU)

http://legacy.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=1866&p=12601

Writing Basics

Understanding the assignment (Walden University)- (Scroll to the bottom of this link for a podcast)

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/undergraduate/assignments/understanding

Writing discussion posts (Walden University)

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/assignments/discussionpost

http://academicanswers.waldenu.edu/faq/72802

Writing papers (Walden University)

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/writingprocess

Writing an essay (Harvard University – excellent site!)

http://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/strategies-essay-writing

Organization and clarity in writing: Fixing common errors (Madeline Walker, former writing tutor, Nursing)

http://www.uvic.ca/hsd/nursing/assets/docs/current/tutor/ppt_3.pdf

Punctuation and grammar (narrated power point by Madeline Walker)

Punctuation Matters!

Hit Parade of Common Writing Errors (UofT)

http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/style-and-editing/hit-parade-of-errors

Writing Argument Papers

How to write a strong argument paper:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/01/

Madeline Walker resource on argument papers (narrated power point): 

//www.uvic.ca/hsd/nursing/assets/docs/current/tutor/argument_writing.swf

Short guide on writing an argument paper (Laura Zern – Nursing)

http://web.uvic.ca/~nurs/current/ZerrNarratedPP.swf

 Argument requires excellent use of rhetoric:  Rhetoric explained (3:26)

https://youtu.be/mIESu4yXco4?list=UUgVqKEU_v6WXOSlgP440MPA

Other Types of Papers

Not an argument paper? Perhaps it is an exploratory paper – see this guide: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/728/1/

Writing an annotated bibliography

http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/cite-write/citation-style-guides/annotated-bibliography

Writing Manuals & Resources

Highly recommended site – Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) – many resources including APA Guide:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Also highly recommended – UofT resources on reading and writing:

http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice

Four Directions Writing Guide for Indigenous Students (Ryerson)

http://learn.library.ryerson.ca/four-teachings-writing-guide

Writing manual for Indigenous graduate students from Wilfrid Laurier University:

PDF File

University of Wisconsin – Madison Writing Handbook (covers many topics)

http://www.writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/index.html

APA

Quick Guide from UVIC Library:

http://www.uvic.ca/library/research/citation/documents/APA%20Style%20Guide%2024_Sept_%202014_8%20pages.pdf

APA explained in video (Memorial University):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJte6w3fUL6tnN8wb_hndiZViJzZNpcDI

Specific Concerns

Managing time and stress

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ASCsuccess/management

Is your writing “flabby”? Check it out here – site highly recommended by students:

http://www.writersdiet.com/WT.php

Concerned you might be unintentionally plagiarizing? This webpage on paraphrase and plagiarism gives examples of unsuccessful paraphrase and explains why it is considered plagiarism; examples of legitimate paraphrase, and an explanation of shared language

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/QPA_paraphrase.html

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