Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Researching Social Security

Now that you've seen how to use the Depaul Online Research Library in the previous post, I'll show you how to use it to research a particular topic, Social Security. (I chose this example because my group's project has to do with Social Security.)

Finding and Using the CCH Human Resources Database

One of the best resources for information on Social Security is the CCH Social Security Reporter. (Full Disclosure: I work for Wolters Kluwer, the parent company of CCH.)

1. Bring up the main DePaul web site by browsing to
2. At the top of the page, click on the "Libraries" link.
3. On the Libraries page, in the Research section (top left), click A-Z library list.
4. Scroll down to library 43 - CCH Human Resources. Click the link. You will be prompted to log in with your Depaul student ID and password and then be forwarded to the CCH HR Library. Since CCH doesn't get your Depaul ID info, they will prompt you for an email address so they can identify you the next time you visit and maintain your site preferences if you set any.
5. On the CCH HR Library page (the CCH Internet Research Network), select the Payroll tab and then scroll down to the Social Security Reporter section.
6. The Social Security Reporter has over 14000 cases in the case table. The Benefits Explained section has a paper on Financing Social Security. The Benefits Explained subsection within the Benefits Explained section has a section on Retirement and Survivor Benefits which has details on the Old-Age Insurance Benefit, which is what I think most people think of when they think of Social Security benefits.

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