Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017     Views: 38

Our best databases to search for information on social work and social care are on the social sciences tab of our A-Z Databases page (see link below). The top two to start with are Academic Search Complete and ProQuest Research Library: Social Sciences.

Academic Search Complete

  1. Choose Academic Search Complete.
  2. Type in your topic.
  3. You will have so many results, you'll need to use these techniques to save time:
    • Click on Subject: Thesaurus Term to see all options, choose if you see on that fits your topics, or try Subject.
    • Click on Subject to see all options, choose if you see on that fits your topics.
    • Full Text under Limit To is a good option for any search.
    • When you need scholarly or peer reviewed articles, check the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals under Limit to.

ProQuest Research Library: Social Sciences

  1. Choose ProQuest Research Library Social Sciences.
  2. Type in your topic.
  3. You will have so many results, you'll need to use the techniques described in the Save Time on Result List box (link below).You will have so many results, you'll need to use these techniques to save time:
    • Full Text
      Select Full text included to limit to articles with full text online.
    • Source Type
      You can easily narrow down to academic or scholarly resources if your instructor requires it by selecting Scholarly Journals
    • Document Type
      This is an easy way to limit your search to things like audio/video, biographies, case studies, commentary, editorials, government documents, interviews, speeches, statistics, transcripts, and more.
    • Subject
      Save a lot of time by selecting a subject. This will eliminate articles that just mention your topic, but are not mainly about your topic.

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