Social Work - Recommended Sources

Books

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

An online reference collection, featuring full-text content from subject-specific reference titles. Do a keyword search of the whole collection or browse for a reference work by subject. Get help planning your research by visualising your topic with a concept map.

Contains full text books in many subject areas.

Contains many books on Social Work.  All available from anywhere using your University account.  you can highlight text, make notes, create bookshelves, link to definitions and contextual material, and copy or print text.

The Library Catalogue contains details of books, journals, DVDs and other materials held by the library in physical form as well as many resources available electronically (eg. e-books and databases).

A 'search term' may be all or part of a title, author, publisher or simply subject keywords.

A guide to the using the library catalogue can be found here https://library.port.ac.uk/guides/docs/LG174.pdf

Additional Sources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

The Campbell library produced by the Campbell Collaboration, is a collection of systematic reviews relating to the effects of social interventions in areas such as crime, social welfare, education and international development.

Look at the systematic reviews for your subject or view resources such as policy documents.

CareKnowledge keeps you up to date with social care information that covers all relevant policy, research and practice materials published in the UK. Search across a range of material including Journals and Books Research Documents and Policy Papers.

• The College of Social Work  (in Library only) 

The College of Social Work ceased to exist on the 31st September 2015. However, a number of their functions including responsibility for the 'Professional Capabilities Framework' transferred to the British Association of Social Workers. Other functions including the repository of information relating to Higher Education Institutions Endorsements transferred to Greater Lancashire Social Work Education and Training (GLSWET) Network

This online resource has been built with and for social workers and other professionals who work with children, young people and their families. The overall aim of the site is to improve standards of practice by equipping practitioners with the information they need to confidently make informed decisions and assessments; stay on top of the latest guidance, good practice, research, legislation and case law; and to actively expand their knowledge base by learning through case work.

This online resource has been built with and for social workers and other professionals who work with children, young people and their families. The overall aim of the site is to improve standards of practice by equipping practitioners with the information they need to confidently make informed decisions and assessments; stay on top of the latest guidance, good practice, research, legislation and case law; and to actively expand their knowledge base by learning through case work.

• GOV.UK 

Use this site to find Government information from departments, publications or statistics. 
H.M. Treasury is particularly useful for publications and statistics.

The first place to look for authoritative UK government information. The Inside Government section has links to all major departments such as the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, plus No. 10 and the Cabinet Office.

Website of the regulatory body for a number of health and care professions including practice psychologists.  In addition to news and careers information this website provides access to professional documentation including practice notes, legislative guides and policy documents

A key UK organisation which seeks to address problems caused by poverty, poor housing/homelessness and an ageing society, plus a broad range of other social issues. Choose Reports from the Our Work section at the bottom of the site to access a wide range of useful reports dating from 1994 onwards.

• NHS - Behind the Headlines not in Discovery 

Your guide to the science that makes the news.

• Nice Evidence not in Discovery 

The NICE (National Institute for health and Care Excellence) platform offers a Google like search of accredited health information from a selection of sources.

Access the full text of books about quantitative and qualitative research methods and many more social science research topics.

Homepage of The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) a leading improvement support agency and an independent charity working with adults’, families’ and children's care and support services across the UK

Your Subject Team

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