Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Social Work: General Resources: Articles

A University of Lethbridge Library guide to Social Work research and resources.

Finding Journal Articles

The most current research in social work is often found in journal articles. The U of L and U of C Libraries subscribe to many databases that allow you to search for journal articles on your research topic. Some of the most important databases in the field of social work are listed on the right. Read the description of each database to determine which ones are most likely to include articles on your topic.

Databases usually provide article citation information and abstracts—summaries of what each article is about. Often, the full text of the article is available within the database or through a link. If the full text of an article is available through neither the U of L nor the U of C Library, you may request it via an interlibrary loan.

For more information on finding articles through the U of L Library, visit our Find Journal Articles guide. For tips on how to search databases, watch the video below.

Search Techniques and Strategies

Recommended Databases

The databases listed below, particularly Social Services Abstracts and Social Work Abstracts, are core social work resources. They are the best sources of scholarly articles on topics related to social work. For a more comprehensive list, see our Social Work Resources page. Keep in mind that many research topics are multidisciplinary, so you may wish to search databases from other subject areas as needed.

Databases with descriptions ending in the U of C coat of arms () will require your U of C login to access. University of Lethbridge students and faculty who are not part of the social work program do not have access to these resources.