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Encyclopedia of Social Work

Continuously updated resource containing hundreds of articles and biographies that offer overviews of key elements in social work study. Monthly additions.

Key Databases

  • Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts
    Database designed to serve the information needs of students, practitioners, and researchers, in social work and related fields, focused on a core of 500+ scholarly journals covering all aspects of health and social care from a broadly social scientific perspective. With links to full text.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    Database providing bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development from thousands of serial publications with links to full text.
  • Social Work Reference Center
    Key resource for social workers and mental health professionals covering adolescent health, aging, end-of-life care, clinical social work and diversity.

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Other Resources

  • The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics
    Examines the ethical and values issues that impact and are interwoven with social work practice, research, and theory development. This journal addresses ethical and value issues that encompass the full range of social problems and issues that social workers encounter.
  • ProQuest Social Sciences
    Includes access to ProQuest Dissertations, Research library for social sciences as well as the premium collection.
  • Google Scholar
    Google's search engine for scholarly literature on the web. Some full text is available, but much is not (behind publisher paywalls).
  • GPO (Government Printing Office)
    Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and documents issued by executive departments, many pertaining to sociological issues.
  • Sage Premier Journals
    Access hundreds of thousands of full text articles related to sociology.
  • Science Direct
    Our largest database for the sciences and social sciences, including sociology, providing full text access to scholarly journals often unavailable on other databases.
  • Sociological Collection
    This database covers a broad range of subjects including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, social and cultural structure and more.
  • Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
    Covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, this full-text database provides access to a scholarly collection of 320 journals.