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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
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.
Social Services Abstracts
Provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Abstracts and indexes over 1,300 journals on topics such as crisis intervention, gerontology, poverty and homelessness, and social work education.
Social Work Abstracts
Indexes more than 500 social work and human services journals covering all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems. Produced by the US National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Abstracts in Social Gerontology
Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to social gerontology, including the psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly, and other topics of key relevance to the discipline.
APA PsycINFO [via Ovid]
Indexes over 2,500 periodicals in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences, as well as books, book chapters, and dissertations. A good resource for interdisciplinary topics relating to psychology.
SocINDEX with Full Text
Comprehensive sociology research database covering virtually all sociology-related topics, including abortion, criminology, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, social work, substance abuse, and violence. Indexes journals, books, and conference papers.
Family Studies Abstracts
Indexes journal articles and other materials related to family studies, covering topics such as family dynamics, marriage, divorce, and family therapy.
Academic Search Complete
A very large, broad database indexing over 17,000 journals and magazines, including many leading publications in social work. Provides full-text for almost 6,000 peer-reviewed journals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An excellent database for multidisciplinary topics.