Social Work - Finding Articles
For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.
Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Social Work:Click on the button bars below to show/hide suggested resources.
Google Scholar not in Discovery
Google scholar is a variant of Google which searches for academic material including articles, books, conference papers and preprints. A guide to this resource can be found at http://www.lib-guides.port.ac.uk/LG178.pdf
Nexis not in Discovery
Regional and national newspapers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia, dating from the 1980s onwards
PsycINFO is a bibliographic database covering the research literature in the psychological, social, behavioural, and health sciences. It includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work
Scopus not in Discovery
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Social Care Online not in Discovery
The UK’s largest database of information on social work and social care
A key source for tracking down articles across the social sciences. This database is available on the EBSCO platform allowing you to search this database alongside others within Discovery.
Web of Science provides access to information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, reports and conferences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. The Cited Reference Search within Web of Science can be used to find articles that update the information described in the works on your reading list or literature search. You can discover works that refer to, or cite, the original. This resource is also available through the Discovery service.
Includes Social sciences citation index
Part of the Web of Science database Social sciences citation index fully indexes over 1,950 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines. It also indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals. Includes a cited reference search tool showing where an article has been used by other authors
A guide to this resource can be found at http://www.lib-guides.port.ac.uk/LG592.pdf
Published for the British Association of Social Workers, this is the leading academic social work journal in the UK. It covers every aspect of social work, with papers reporting research, discussing practice, and examining principles and theories. Print also available.
Child & Family Social Work provides a forum where researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and managers in the field exchange knowledge, increase understanding and develop notions of good practice. It publishes original contributions on matters of research, theory, policy and practice in the field of social work with children and their families and is international in scope.
Community Care links you to news, views, jobs and events for Social Care professionals. On campus use only (electronic) - print also available.
The European Journal of Social Work provides a forum for the social professions in all parts of Europe and beyond. It analyses and promotes European and international developments in social work, social policy, social service institutions, and strategies for social change by publishing refereed papers on contemporary key issues. Contributions include theoretical debates, empirical studies, research notes, country perspectives, and reviews.
The official journal of the Alliance for Children and Families, Families in Society disseminates innovative research and critical analysis on the broad array of issues that relate to the capabilities of individuals, families, and communities, including consideration of the various biopsychosocial, economic, and cultural factors that affect functioning and well-being. Readers are informed of significant findings and trends through articles on research and policy, direct-practice issues, and the delivery and management of services.
Social Work books are on the First Floor of the Library. Remember that you must use the Library Catalogue to find the books you want rather than just browsing the shelves.