Answered By: Trudi Pledger
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020     Views: 2642

The main databases for a Social Work student are: 

  • Social Care Online indexes social work and social care literature from central and local government, and voluntary organisations. Where resources are open access, links are provided.
  • ASSIA indexes journal literature of the applied social sciences.
  • Criminology (SAGE Full Text Criminology Journals) covers criminal justice, interpersonal, domestic and family violence, sexual abuse and the prison system. To search only Birmingham City University subscribed to full text select 'SAGE Journals Available to Me' from the drop-down menu.
  • Campbell Collaboration is a non-profit organization reporting on interventions in the social, behavioural and educational arenas. Mainly comprising systematic reviews of quantitative evidence.
  • PsycArticles and PsycInfo provides access to scholarly and scientific articles in psychology from the American Psychology Association (APA). Coverage is international. (Best viewed using Chrome).
  • NHS Evidence  is a suite of resources that includes the Social Care Institute for Excellence and NICE.

Depending on the field of Social Work (Adult / Child / Mental Health / Learning Disabilities) there may be other useful databases for you to search as well - further information is on the Social Work Subject Guide.

If you would like help using any of these resources you can attend one of our literature searching workshops; book a tutorial with a member of the Library Liaison Team at the Mary Seacole Library; or visit the Mary Seacole Library helpdesk during staffed hours.

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