Social Work Research Guide

This guide contains materials and resources designed to aid Social Work students in their course work and research assignments.

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How to Find an Article

Much of the time you will need scholarly journal articles for your research. If you're just getting started and need to find articles on a particular topic, you will need to start your search in an article database, such as those listed below.

If you are looking for a particular journal title, browse or search the Journals List.

If you already have citation information (author, journal title, volume, issue, etc.) to a particular article, you can enter the information into the Citation Linker to locate the article.

Recommended Databases

Social Work is an interdisciplinary field, so you may find yourself researching in a wide range subject areas. These databases all contain articles relating to Social Work and are the best place to start your research.

  • Academic Search Ultimate
    A great place to start your search for both popular and scholarly articles on almost any topic. It contains a large number of journals, the majority of which are peer-reviewed, from numerous subject areas and goes as far back as 1865.
    Includes extensive online journal backfiles for a wide range of disciplines.
  • APA PsycINFO  A comprehensive, international database covering the academic, research and practice literature in over 1,900 leading psychological, psychiatric, and related publications.
    Includes full text articles for journals published by the American Psychological Association, including those relating to Social Work topic
  • Sociological Collection  Index to specialized collection of journal articles in sociology and culture.
  • SocINDEX with Fulltext
    The world's most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database. Includes over 10,000 author profiles.
  • Social Work Abstracts  
    Provides abstracts for more than 450 social work and human services journals dating back to 1977.

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