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Key databases for Social Work

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Social Work.

PsycINFO

Contains journal articles, books, dissertations and theses in core psychology disciplines, behavioural sciences and mental health. It covers 1881 to the present day. A current awareness service provides alerts for newly added content. Updated weekly.

Guide to using PsycINFO

Social Care Online

Free database provided by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Contains official publications and policy documents as well as research literature.

Guide to using Social Care Online

Social work abstracts

Indexing and abstracts for over 450 journals dealing with all aspects of social work and services.

Guide to using Social work abstracts

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science