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Social Work with Diverse Populations: Finding Background Information

Background Information for Class Discussion Presentations

Background information comes from things like textbooks, encyclopedias, or government websites (like the CDC website). These are not peer reviewed sources. These provide the context to help you more fully understand the breadth and depth of your topic.

Background information is where you will find things like statistics to discuss the magnitude of the problem. Background information is also where you will want to look for definitions, important names and dates, and major concepts and issues within your broader topic.


Data & Statistics


Perform a scoped Google search for statistical information online. Here's an example of a search that is limited to .gov webpages:

Search: Dallas homeless statistics site:gov

Other endings:



Google Web Search

Other Sources for Social Work Perspectives