Social Work

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Social Work

Independent Research - getting started

How to identify different sources of information and links to useful books and ebooks.

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with. Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals - perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Social Work:

• Developing advanced search strategies

How to search systematically for literature. From the initial stages of understanding your vocabulary to using advanced features in databases.

• Databases

Collections of specialist, subject specific journal literature.

The Campbell library produced by the Campbell Collaboration, is a collection of systematic reviews relating to the effects of social interventions in areas such as crime, social welfare, education and international development. At the site, scroll down to Topic Browse and choose Campbell Subject Categories.

Look at the systematic reviews for your subject or view resources such as policy documents.


Use this site to find Government information from departments, publications or statistics.
H.M. Treasury is particularly useful for publications and statistics.

A key UK organisation which seeks to address problems caused by poverty, poor housing/homelessness and an ageing society, plus a broad range of other social issues. Go to the headings e.g. People, Society, Work near the top of the site, then choose Filter Content to access a wide range of useful reports dating from 1994 onwards, plus relevant statistics.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is a leading improvement support agency and an independent charity working with adults', families' and children's care and support services across the UK


A database of digitised UK doctoral theses offering free online access to theses of participating Higher Education institutions.

General pages provide country information and statistics. Investment pages of particular interest.


• Statistics

Links to databases and online sources of statistics


Guidance and support for referencing in APA7 and links to information on reference management software

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