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PSSY-0091 Social Service Foundations

Assignment Description

For this paper you will:

  • Review and analyze the social work theories addressed in lectures, course readings and in-class activities

  • Choose four theories that make sense to your world view and practice ideals. For each theory, you will summarize:

    • The founding person(s) or school

    • Its location in the development of the profession and historical period

    • The key elements of the theory

  • Construct a one to two page personal framework incorporating these theories into your own personal practice model

  • Describe how these theories complement each other and how they will inform your practice



  • One to two page summary for each theory

  • One to two page personal framework incorporating these theories

  • Description of how these theories complement each other and how they'll inform your practice

  • Use at least one non-course source per theory

  • APA reference list and in-text citations


Marking Rubric



Get help with researching, APA citing, and writing through the Library and Learning Curve.

Step 1: Find Credible Sources

By the end of this section, students will be able to:

  • identify credible sources
  • identify keywords to create a research strategy
  • demonstrate research skills
  • identify sources that relate to their topics
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills.

The library has a selection of books related to social work theory that can be used to complete your assignment. You may also use websites as your resources if they're credible.

Social Work Theory Books Available in the Library

To request these books from the library, click the linked titles and fill out the online request form. The book's details will be automatically filled out for you.

1. Complete the Evaluating Information tutorial and read through the evaluating information tips linked below. These will help you determine what are credible sources when doing online research.


2. Complete the tutorial linked below to help you choose search terms for your topics.


3. Using the skills you've learned, search the library's databases and Google for information related to your topic. See below for a few recommended databases. Keep in mind you aren't limited to these databases.



EBSCOhost databases are a great place to start your search for articles. Once you open EBSCOhost, type your keywords into the search box.

Federal Science Library

The Federal Science Library searches seven science-based collections from the Canadian Federal Library. Keep in mind that not all sources found in the Federal Science Library are Canadian. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches academic content across a wide variety of disciplines and sources.

Part 2: Cite Your Sources

By the end of this section, students will be able to:

  • find elements needed to create a reference list
  • create a reference list using NoodleTools (or other citation generator/manager)
  • create an outline using NoodleTools Outline or the Planning the Essay handout (optional).

To familiarize yourself with how to find the elements you need to create your reference list and with how to use NoodleTools, it's recommended you complete the tutorials below.

1.‚Äč Log into NoodleTools and:

  1.  add to your reference list the sources you plan to use in your paper
  2. create an Outline using Notecards, or use the Planning the Essay handout linked below (optional).

Tutorial: How to Create NoodleTools Notecards


Tutorial: How to Create an Outline in NoodleTools

Part 3: Write Your Paper

By the end of this section, students will be able to:

  • write a cohesive paper
  • demonstrate an understanding of their topic
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills.

1. Write a paper, using your work from the previous steps, to discuss the topics listed in the assignment description.


For help with your writing, look at the tips, links, and tutorials on the following guide: