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Social Work

This guide lists core resources for Social Work. Because Social Work is interdisciplinary, you may need to consult a related guide from the Research Guides site.

Explore Social Work Journals

Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Social Services Abstracts
    Indexes current research on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.  The database abstracts and indexes over 1,300+ serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
  • Social Work Abstracts
    Social Work Abstracts includes "scholarly and professional perspectives on subjects such as therapy, education, human services, addictions, child and family welfare, mental health, civil and legal rights, and more."  Produced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the database provides citations and abstracts dealing with all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems.
  • Sociology Collection
    Focuses on sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Provides abstracts of journal articles, citations to book reviews, and abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.
  • PsycInfo
    Covers psychology and the psychological aspects of various other disciplines. Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations.
  • CBCA Complete
    Combines full text and indexed content from all four CBCA database subsets. This database contains contain content.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes content on a wide variety of topics in science and social science areas. This database covers content from 1900-present.

 Use this worksheet to plan your search or follow the steps on the Databases – Search Strategies guide. 

 Laubepin, Frederique. (2013) How to Read (and Understand) a Social Science Journal Article. Retrieved from

Popular Articles

Additional resources for finding popular sources are listed in the Newspapers Guide.

Open Access Journals