Social Work

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Online Encyclopedias

Key Databases

  • Social Services Abstracts
    Database providing bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development from thousands of serial publications with links to full text.

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Other Resources

  • The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics
    Examines the ethical and values issues that impact and are interwoven with social work practice, research, and theory development. This journal addresses ethical and value issues that encompass the full range of social problems and issues that social workers encounter.
  • ProQuest Social Sciences
    Includes access to ProQuest Dissertations, Research library for social sciences as well as the premium collection.
  • Google Scholar
    Google's search engine for scholarly literature on the web. Some full text is available, but much is not (behind publisher paywalls).
  • GPO (Government Printing Office)
    Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and documents issued by executive departments, many pertaining to sociological issues.
  • Science Direct
    Our largest database for the sciences and social sciences, including sociology, providing full text access to scholarly journals often unavailable on other databases.
  • Sociological Collection
    This database covers a broad range of subjects including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, social and cultural structure and more.


LibGuides are resources that are built by scholarly professionals with content specifically related to a given subject.

Citing Sources

  • APA Style Guide
  • American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 5th ed. 2014 (REF 808.027 A798)
    ASA Style Citations Examples
    (updated for 5th ed.)
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


Legal Resources

  • Google Scholar Case Law
    Free case law library includes state cases from 1950; federal, appellate, tax, and bankruptcy cases from 1923; and US Supreme Court opinions from 1791.