Social Work

Journals & Databases

These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.

Journal & Database Collections

  • Academic Search Premier A multi-disciplinary database that contains full text for many peer reviewed journals. It is easy to use and contains images and a visual search with information for health and social work related topics.
  • ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Updated monthly, ASSIA provides a comprehensive source of social science and health information for the practical and academic professional.
  • BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources.
  • Childlink is unique in providing European, British and Irish information. Childlink has been designed to give the most up to the minute, easily accessible, cost effective service that includes information on welfare, education, health, lifestyle, justice, youth affairs, employment, and benefit issues.
  • CINAHL Complete Access to top nursing and allied health journals, evidence-based care sheets and quick lessons providing overviews of disease and conditions. Useful for psychological aspects of social work.
  • Community Care Inform Adults provides critical information in a quick and accessible format to help social work professionals make and evidence their decisions. It is aimed at social work professionals working with disabled and older people.
  • Community Care Inform Children also provides critical information in a quick and accessible format to help social work professionals make and evidence their decisions. It is designed for children and families social workers.
  • CORE gives you access to millions of scholarly articles aggregated from many Open Access repositories.
  • Education Research Complete is the largest database of education journals in the world, with over 2400 journals, nearly 1400 of which are full-text.
  • Emerald Insight contains a collection of 30 journals for professionals and practitioners in the areas of health and social care, learning disabilites, childrens services, mental health and community.
  • Health Research Premium Collection Over 800 full text nursing and health journals which cover nursing, allied health, social care and alternative and complementary medicine.
  • PsycINFO Psychology database from the American Psychological Association (APA), containing citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations.
  • ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world’s peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical, social and medical content.
  • Social Care Online the UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work. Updated daily resources include legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, research briefings, reports, journal articles and websites.
  • Taylor & Francis Online are a collection of multidisciplinary journals covering subjects such as business, social work, arts and humanities.
  • Wiley Online Library A large multi-disciplinary database covering medicine and health, nursing, psychology, social work and policy, family and children and education.

Newspapers

Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection.  Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
  • Infotrac Newsstand contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
  • Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.

Useful Websites

  • Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at the video tutorials.
  • Carers UK “the voice of carers”. Provides information, advice and support for carers and improves the understanding of caring through research and awareness campaigns.
  • Community Care Inform Adults The UK’s largest providers of online resources for social workers and social care professionals. Login with your university credentials to access the resources.
  • Community Care Inform Children The UK’s largest providers of online resources for social workers and social care professionals. Login with your university credentials to access the resources.
  • Drugwise provide evidence-based and non-judgemental information on drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Home Office Lead government department for policies on immigration, passports, counter-terrorism, policing, equality, drugs and crime.
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation An independent non political body which supports research in housing, social care and social policy. Contains several hundred research summaries.
  • King’s Fund helps to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations and promote understanding of the health and social care system.
  • MIND Information, advice and support for mental health issues.
  • NICE Evidence Search (formerly NHS Evidence) is a service that provides fast access to authoritative health and social care evidence and best practice through a web-based portal.
  • Race Equality Foundation Explores what is known about discrimination and disadvantage and uses this evidence to develop interventions that overcome barriers and promote race equality in health, housing and social care.
  • Rights of Women An organisation working towards achieving justice and equality by informing, educating and empowering women on legal rights.
  • Social Care Online UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work. Resources include legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, research briefings, reports, journal articles and websites.
  • Social Welfare Portal British Library allows searching and access (much free, apart from journal articles) to key UK resources in the areas of: children and families, older adults, disabilities, minority groups, community development and regeneration, welfare benefits, social services, offenders and the criminal justice systems. Items include: UK government reports, journal articles(see above) and reports from research organisations including NACRO, Demos and Barnardos.
  • UK Youth National network of organisations dedicated to supporting young people to realise their potential. The focus is on developing and promoting non-formal learning opportunities for all.
  • World Health Organisation The World Health Organization (WHO) is a directing authority for health for UN countries responsible for providing leadership on global health matters.

Research

  • Research Ethics Guidebook Guide for researchers which includes: advice on writing research proposals, ethics committee approval and issues arising during fieldwork.

Professional bodies

  • The British Association of Social Workers BASW is the largest professional association for social work in the UK with the aim of promoting the best possible social work services for all people who may need them, while also securing the well being of social workers.

UK National Statistics

  • NHS Digital An Executive Non Departmental Public Body. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 sets out their responsibilities, including: collecting, analysing, managing and presenting national health and social care data.
  • NHS England Statistics Statistics on a range of health and care subjects, used to inform debate, decision-making and research both within government and by the wider community.
  • Official Statistics This site covers statistics relating to information gathered on public health, health services provided by the National Health Service (NHS), social care, and health and safety at work.