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SOWK 320/620: Practice I: Find Articles

Social Work Abstracts

PsycINFO with Thesaurus

Accessing Databases

Accessing databases

  • From the library homepage click on the Find Books, Articles, and More
  • Click on A-Z Database list
  • Click on Social Work from the Subject pull-down menu and access the database of your choice

** Note that only a couple of databases as best bets show up. Since Social Work is interdisciplinary subject, you should also check out other related databases.



Subject-specific Databases

  • Social Work Abstracts* -  The main database in your field --"Social Work Abstracts offers extensive coverage of more than 850 social work and human services journals dating back to 1965. Produced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the database provides indexing and abstracts dealing with all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems."

  • PsycINFO* - "contains nearly 2.3 million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from over 2,000 periodicals in over 25 languages. More than 60,000 records are added each year. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, physiology, pharmacology, sociology, education, nursing, linguistics, anthropology, business and law." 

  • ERIC* - Education-related topics.

  • Health Source: Consumer Edition* - might be useful for health policy-related topics.

  • Social Sciences Abstracts* - "provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language journals published in the U.S. and elsewhere, with abstracting and indexing of over 625 periodicals as far back as 1983, nearly 400 of which are peer-reviewed. Social Sciences Abstracts covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences."

Related Databases for Social Work

Descriptions of databases for research in nursing and related fields.


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