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Social Work and Sociology Research Guide  

This page contains links to databases, reputable web pages, and helpful tutorials to help you find scholarly information on social work and sociology topics.
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Find Books

  • Library Catalog  Icon
    Search for physical books, journals, and DVDs at the Clarke library.
  • eBooks (Social Work)  Icon
    Browse a list of electronic books on all sorts of social work topics including child welfare, families, community development, social workers, and public welfare.
  • WorldCat  Icon
    Search for books in libraries all over the world! If you have enough time (about two weeks) we can look into borrowing books you need through interlibrary loan (ILL).


To follow trends or get research ideas, you can browse these websites:

Find Articles

Most of the library's sociology and social work  journals are available in electronic format by searching the library's databases.  To find useful articles, try a keyword search of these databases.

  • SocINDEX with Full Text  Icon
    SocINDEX with Full Text is a comprehensive and high quality sociology research database. It features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text from more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers.
  • Social Work Abstracts  Icon
    This database contains article citations and abstracts. You can request for free via interlibrary loan articles that are not available in full text.
  • Academic Search Premier  Icon
    Academic Search Premier is probably THE best place to start searching for articles on any academic subject. It contains full text coverage to many journals, magazines, and other helpful resources on a wide variety of topics.
  • GPO (Government Printing Office)  Icon
    Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).
  • PsycARTICLES  Icon
    PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is THE place to search for full-text peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals published by the APA. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1.
  • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online  Icon
    Find encyclopedia articles that give background on a wide array of sociology and social work topics.

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