Information Literacy in Human Services
Information literacy includes the ability to find, evaluate, cite, and use information in a variety of formats. These skills are important for completing college-level academic work as well as processing information in everyday life.
The field of Human Services requires a healthy amount of research and writing. We encourage you to refer to the resources provided here to help you complete your assignments. The Librarians at PCCC are also available to assist you with your research. They can be found at the Reference desk of the Library on your campus.
Template for APA Research Paper
It has been prepared in Microsoft Word format for an APA style Research Paper
- Cover page
- Font, size: Times New Roman, 12
- Paragraph style
- APA style Header
- "References" page
As soon as you find your first source, add it to the "Reference" page.
NOTE: Always contact your professor for assignment requirements.
Sample Literature Review
This section offers a sample APA-style literature review, written by an undergraduate psychology student at Purdue University.
When you search for information, you don’t need to settle for the first search result(s). You should browse and/or narrow down the results and choose the books or articles that best suit your needs. Below are some of the criteria for evaluating sources:
- Relevance: How does this source relate to your topic? Does this source cover your topic with enough depth?
- Authority (Author’s credentials): Who is the author or publisher or sponsor? How is the author (or publisher or sponsor) qualified to write on this topic?
- Purpose: Is the purpose of the source to educate, inform, entertain, sell or persuade? Do the authors make their purpose clear? If there is bias (that is, if it is one-sided) do they provide evidence for their point of view?
- Currency (Publication date): When was this source published or posted? Does your topic require the latest news? Are older sources still relevant?
Passaic County Website
Online Library Resources for Human Services
The PCCC Library Web site will lead you to a variety of types and sources of information. The library’s online resources differ from the “free Web” in that they have gone through the publication process, making them reliable and authoritative.
To access library resources from off-campus, log in to Blackboard, then click on the Library tab to view a list of links along with the usernames and passwords required for off-campus access.
The following resources are recommended for Human Services:
- DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is used by health professionals, social workers,and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders.
- Two copies on reserve at Circulation Desk in Paterson
- One copy available at Passaic (REF. RC455.2 .C4 D54 2013)
- GALE Virtual Reference Library (look under the Subject Social Science for titles related to Human Services)
- Search the Library Catalog for books (use pull-down menu to restrict search to PCCC).
Articles from periodicals (including magazines, newspapers, and peer-reviewed journal articles):
- PsycINFO, American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.
- Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
- Search specific journals in EBSCO such as
- Social Work (12 month delay from time published)
Peer Reviewed Articles
Watch these brief videos for more information about peer reviewed articles, including how to read and understand them effectively.
Citations and Plagiarism
When you find an article or book that is useful, you can look for information that specifically addresses your topic or answers your research questions. When you use information from a resource, you may quote it directly or paraphrase the information (put it in your own words). Either way, you must cite your sources or you will be guilty of plagiarism. Luckily, many of our online resources have built-in citation tools. You may also try the resources linked below for help with citation.