Social work

  • Databases

    Your study of social work will involve you searching for information from a really wide range of sources. Our healthcare databases will provide you with a place to start but you might need to look at the subject help pages for other subjects depending on what information you're searching for.

    To start with, try
    CINAHL - This is a large database, is easy to use and it's easy to access the things Brookes subscribes to in full text. It is North American, but includes research from all over the world, including the UK.

    and also try

    Social Services Abstracts This database provides coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. If you're doing a search on this database, always choose the 'Anywhere except full text' option from the drop down menu when you do a search so that you don't get articles where your search term is mentioned once deep into the article or in its references list.


    After that, the choice of database depends on what it is you're searching for

    If your topic deals with any kind of mental health issue, then make sure you look at
    PsycINFO which is our main psychology and mental health database.

    If you are trying to find an overview of a policy impact then search
    Campbell Collaboration systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions, such as education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

    If you're looking specifically for something which happens in the UK, try
    British Nursing Database which is the only one of our main databases which is produced in the UK and covers some UK journals which aren't indexed elsewhere. As with Social Services Abstracts, be careful and make sure you choose the 'Anywhere except full text' option from the drop down menu when you do a search so that you don't get articles where your search term is mentioned once deep into the article or in its references list.

    If your topic looks at something which is happening internationally, especially in the developing world, then it's worth trying
    Web of Science You can also do a search on this database to find other articles which have used a specific article as a reference. Have a look at the Citation Searching guide on our 'How to...' list for more information on how to do this.

    Sources of further help

    For help finding any health care related information, contact the Health and Social Work librarians

    Email: healthcarelibrarians@brookes.ac.uk