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Social Work

A subject guide to help with beginning research in the field of Social Work

Recommended Databases

You will find relevant research and literature for the field of social work in the three databases linked below. We also have over 300 more databases to search for different areas of focus and subjects. You can see a whole list of them on the Databases page.

Tips for Searching in Social Work Abstracts

  • Optimize your search abilities by entering terms into each search box.

AND will return articles containing both words, OR will return articles with either word, and NOT will eliminate articles with both terms from your search results.

  • For each concept think of synonyms, broader concepts, and narrower concepts and enter those alternatives in the boxes for that row.

For example, women OR females OR girls OR ladies will search for any of these terms.

  • Use an asterisk as a wildcard to search for all words starting with the letters before the asterisk.

For example, stereotyp* will search for stereotype OR stereotypes OR stereotyping OR stereotypical (and any other word starting with stereotyp).

  • Changing the sort order to "relevance" after you perform a search will bring the articles that match your search the best to the top of the results.