Resources for faculty

Please contact us!

Matt DeCarlo ( is the project manager and works on the resource regularly. If you have questions about how to adopt or use the resource, how to set something up, or have some feedback for us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re happy you find the resource useful, and we want to make sure our project is useful to as many people as possible.

If you have feedback on the textbook, you can send us a memo with your thoughts or you can use the annotation group for Community Feedback. We appreciate you not using the Public forum. Updates on the textbook are made every summer, though sometimes smaller changes are made more frequently.

Ancillary resource package

The ancillary resource package for Graduate Research Methods in Social Work is still in production. These resources were created for the pilot implementation during the Spring 2020 semester but have not been updated to include revisions made to many chapters during Summer 2020 & 2021.

Please contact for access to the ancillary resource package which contains:

  • Slideshows
  • Student workbook
  • Homework assignments
  • Course calendar
  • Quiz bank (incomplete)

As junior and adjunct faculty, the authors do not get to choose which classes we teach. Sadly, we did not teach research methods during the 2020-2021 academic year, so we have not revised the ancillary resources we created for the pilot edition yet. We look forward to publishing a revised course package during the 2021-2022 academic year (and our return to the research classroom!) that includes the latest revisions to the textbook.

We also believe these ancillary resources from Scientific inquiry in social work may be of value for professors implementing our textbook.

Adopter’s survey

We would really appreciate for faculty who adopt this resource to fill out our short Adopter’s Survey which helps us track how this resource is used by the community and to ensure its long-term sustainability.

The information you provide in the adopter’s survey will be stored by the project manager in a cloud storage folder. I will keep all information confidential. I will report summary statistics from the adopter’s survey in public statements about this project. This will include items like the number of campuses who have adopted the resources, the total savings accrued by students versus their previously used commercial textbook, and so forth.

I will also use the (optional) email field as a point of contact for major updates to the project, which are completed every summer. We ask that you complete the survey annually so we can keep track of how the resource is used over time.

Other books in this series

Other books in this series include BSW and MSW research methods open textbooks:

For open textbooks in other social work domains, consult Open Social Work’s list of open textbooks for social work.

Creating your own edition of this textbook

The authors would like people to adapt their own versions of our book. You can easily customize this textbook for your classroom using Pressbooks.

  1. Download the XML file for this textbook.
  2. Create a Pressbooks account.
  3. Go to Tools/Import.
  4. Open this textbook’s XML file using the prompt.
  5. You can import all sections of the textbook to make a perfect clone or import selected parts.
  6. It’s your book, now. Take out whatever you want, add stuff, revise wording…do whatever you want with it.
  7. Make sure to abide by the Creative Commons license and provide proper attribution for all material from this resource (see Copyright Information and Attributions Index for examples).
  8. To publish your adapted textbook publicly, you will have to pay $99 to Pressbooks to host your book.
  9. Feel free to consult the BCCampus self-publishing guide. You can also ask me at for help. I’m genuinely happy to help!

If you make changes to the ancillary resources or textbook you feel the community would benefit from, or if you develop new resources, please consider sharing them with the the authors for inclusion in future editions of this textbook and on OER Commons or Merlot. Please provide attribution following the best practices in the BCCampus Adaptation guide.

If you prefer to create your own custom version of this textbook within a learning management system (LMS), please use the Common Cartridge 1.1 file to import some or all of the textbook into your institution’s platform. Pressbooks provides a detailed tutorial for importing into every major LMS platform.

Community-created resources

  • Please send us any openly licensed resources you’ve created or used that we should share as part of this resource. These may include videos, activities, case studies, or other learning resources.
  • Any resources you submit will be evaluated for inclusion in Appendix B: Faculty-to-faculty resources as well as in an appropriate place in the textbook. We are happy to provide a letter documenting your contribution to the project, if requested.
  • Contact to submit resources or for more information.


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