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Welcome to your library subject page. This has been compiled by your subject librarian and is here to help you find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction.

  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject.


    Eresources allow you to search across multiple sources at one time eg a range of journal articles. Some eresources are subject specific and provide more tailored results.

    In addition to these key eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources.

    community_care_inform, community care inform logo Community Care Inform Aimed at social workers and other professions who work with children and with adults, Community Care Inform pulls together policy, guides, research, case law and legislation on a wide range of topics, from adoption to mental health and welfare rights. You will need to use the Institutional Login option for both on and off campus to get access to the full-text.
    socindex, socindex logo SocIndex Comprehensive high quality sociological journal collection, mostly full text.
    Contains the British Journal of Social Work but not the most recent year (see individual journals below for more detail) 
    psycarticles, psyc articles logo PsycARTICLES Articles from psychological journals especially useful for topics such as mental health but not necessarily from a social work perspective.
    business_source_complete, business source complete icon Cinahl Although aimed at Nursing and Allied Health, this journals collection does include many articles on social work but also other articles on issues such as drugs or mental health. Contains the British Journal of Social Work but not the most recent year (see individual journals below for more detail)
    Child_Development_Adolescent_Studies, Child Development Adolescent Studies logo Child Development and Adolescent Studies Articles about growth and development of young people up to 21 years of age. No full text included, instead links to Onesearch to check if we have the article online.
    sage, sage logo Sage Journals Includes a good range of social work and social policy journals eg Journal of Social Work, Critical Social Policy. Click on Browse by discipline for a list.
    taylor_francis, taylor francis logo Taylor and Francis Includes about 100 journals relevant to social work eg European Journal of Social Work
    proquest, proquest logo Proquest social science Journals Articles from journals including social work
      Proquest Public Health Journals Articles from journals including social services and welfare
      Grey Literature Resources Link to our page on where to find Grey Literature
    proquest, proquest logo  Proquest Dissertations and Theses A database containing the full text of Masters and Phd level dissertations and theses. Useful for seeing who else has been researching your area and what sources they have used.  In addition good for examples of writing at this level.
    Law Databases - these 2 legal databases are very useful for tracking down the full text of case reports which your tutor may refer to or you find in textbooks. They are complex collections so do ask for help if required via
    lexis_library, lexis library logo Lexis A legal database which contains amongst others two key family law journals - Family Law and Child and Family Law Quarterly
    westlaw, westlaw logo Westlaw A large, comprehensive legal online service.  The Case Analysis is particularly useful


    Individual Journal Titles

    Browse or search inside key journal titles for your subject below. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

    dl_journals, cartoon of an orange journal British Journal of Social Work

    This is the key academic journal for your course available online and in print in the Library.  You can access via Onesearch and is available from several journal collections, some with restrictions on the years covered. 


    Child and Adolescent Social Work


    Critical and Radical Social Work

    Critical Social Policy  Critical approaches to the production, development and receipt of social policy and welfare. A political project testing orthodox and traditional approaches to policy, welfare and the state.
    European Journal of Social Work 

    Analyses and promotes European and international developments in social work, social policy, social service institutions, and strategies for social change

    International Social Work
    Journal of Gerontological Social Work
    Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care  
    Journal of Social Work in Long Term Care  
    Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions  
    Professional Social Work From the British Association of Social Workers. In print only in the Library from 2006 onwards
    Qualitative Social Work
    Social Work in Health Care
    Research on Social Work Practice
    Social Work in Mental Health
    Family law journals Two key journals Family Law and Child and Family Law Quarterly are available via Lexis


  • Web links for your subject

    Web LinkDescription
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  Campbell Collaboration The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. It focuses on education, criminal justice, social policy and social care.

    Research in Practice for Adults

    Supporting people working in social care to improve outcomes through evidence-informed decisions.

    Social Care Online (SCIE)

    Produced by the Social Care Institute of Excellence. Information of all aspects of social work and social care including legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, grey literature, reports and journal articles. Specific page for students

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    Carries out research to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.

    Professional Organisations

    British Association of Social Workers Independent professional membership organisation. Campaigns, policy and research.
    CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy supporting agencies and professionals who work with children and young people.
    International Federation of Social Workers Global body for profession to promote social justice, human rights and inclusive, sustainable social development through the promotion of social work best practice and engagement in international cooperation.
    TACT Adoption and fostering charity

    Government, Regulation and Legislation

    Care Quality Commission   

    Regulates inspects and reviews all adult social care services in the public, private and voluntary sectors in England
    Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registers social care workers and regulates their conduct and training.
    Disclosure and Barring Service Created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults
    Social care Policy section of the Department of Health website. The official home of UK legislation. Some legislation does not contain the latest changes. Use Lexis or Westlaw in Eresources section if in doubt as they are more up to date.


  • Getting help / contact us

    Help and AdviceLink
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    If you are experiencing any problems accessing eresources check our troubleshooting guide for advice.

    Accessing Online Resources
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