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:

Journals

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.

Databases

• CINAHL 

What:

  • CINAHL (the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) contain journal article abstracts with links to the full-text where available

Why:

  • Locate articles from the nursing and allied health subjects

How:

  • Keyword and Thesaurus searching with ability to refine results by date, peer reviewed, age, gender, author, language
  • Cited reference search and links
  • Help pages available 
  • This database is available to search on its own from the link above, plus you will find Cinahl results when searching Discovery

 

• ERIC 

the world’s leading source of articles on Education

• Google Scholar not in Discovery 

What

  • A variant of Google that searches for academic literature

Why

  • Provides access to articles, books, conference papers and preprints
  • Links to Full-text @ Portsmouth where available when settings are applied

How

  • Simple or advanced searching allowing refinement by date, author etc
  • A Library Guide to this resource is available 

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980s.

Regional and national newspapers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia, dating from the 1980s onwards - note that you will find Latin American sources in the Spanish section and Francophone African sources in the French section. 

• PsycInfo 

What:

  • PsycInfo contain journal article abstracts with links to the full-text where available

Why:

  • Locate articles from the psychological, social, behavioural, and health sciences subject areas.  Useful for those looking for materials related to psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work

How:

  • Keyword and Thesaurus searching with ability to refine results by date, peer reviewed, age, gender, author, language
  • Cited reference search and links
  • Help pages available 
  • This database is available to search on its own from the link above, plus you will find PsycArticle articles when searching Discovery

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 

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

• SocINDEX 

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 – part of the Web of Knowledge collection of databases – consists of a number of databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, book series, reports and conferences. Three citation databases (Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-), Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts (1975-) and Humanities Citation Index (1975-)) also contain the references cited by the authors of the articles. You can use these references to do cited reference searching, allowing you to find articles that cite a previously published work. Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Science includes the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in a wide range of scientific disciplines.

 

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.

• ZETOC not in Discovery 

Zetoc is a database of the tables of contents from journals held by the British Library. It has a search function or you can select any journal held by the BL and have the table of contents emailed to you as soon as a new issue is published.

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