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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 (


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The majority of this textbook, was adapted from Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods by Dr. Amy Blackstone of the University of Maine. Dr. Blackstone’s text is available here:  The Blackstone textbook was published using a CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 license (

Most of the text for Chapters 2, 3, and 4 were remixed in from Dr. Linda Frederiksen and Dr. Sue F. Phelps’ Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students published by Pressbooks and the Rebus Community.  Dr. Frederiksen and Dr. Phelps’ textbook can be accessed here:  The Frederiksen & Phelps textbook was published using a CC-BY 4.0 license (

An attribution index in the back matter describes where each source textbook was used in this manuscript.  Image attributions are provided in each chapter.

Cover art “Close up of beer bottles on wood” was created by Bruno Scramgnon and shared under a CC-0 license.  The cover was created using Canva.


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