Book Title: Scientific Inquiry in Social Work

Author: Matthew DeCarlo

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Book Description: As an introductory textbook for social work students studying research methods, this book guides students through the process of creating a research project. Students will learn how to discover a researchable topic that is interesting to them, examine scholarly literature, formulate a proper research question, design a quantitative or qualitative study to answer their question, carry out the design, interpret quantitative or qualitative results, and disseminate their findings to a variety of audiences. Examples are drawn from the author's practice and research experience, as well as topical articles from the literature. The textbook is aligned with the Council on Social Work Education's 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Students and faculty can download copies of this textbook using the links provided in the front matter. As an open textbook, users are free to retain copies, redistribute copies (non-commercially), revise the contents, remix it with other works, and reuse for any purpose.

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Based on my years teaching research methods, this is the book I’ve wanted to write and use.  It builds on the work of educators in other disciplines by including greater detail on multi-paradigmatic research methods and new content specific to the social work discipline.  It is the first textbook produced by Open Social Work Education (


Matthew DeCarlo



Research methods: general


Scientific Inquiry in Social Work
Matthew DeCarlo

Scientific Inquiry in Social Work was adapted by Dr. Matthew DeCarlo. Unless otherwise noted, Scientific Inquiry in Social Work is © 2018 by Matthew DeCarlo and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License (

Primary Subject
Research methods: general
Additional Subject(s)
Social work
Open Social Work Education
Publication Date
August 7, 2018