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Introduction to Social Work: Finding Articles

This guide was created to help students find the best sources for their social work research papers.


What is a database?

A database is a collection of articles, book chapters and other information from reliable sources.

Select one of the databases listed in the column to the right in order to locate articles.

All of the resources in these databases come from magazines, newspapers, journals and books. Although they are delivered through the Internet, they are not considered "Internet Sources" by your professors. 

Articles from the databases may be printed, saved to a drive or emailed for later use.



Social Work databases

What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles are written by experts in academic or professional fields. A peer-review process means that other scholars / experts in the field have reviewed the article's content prior to publication and deemed it of a scholarly nature. Scholarly articles are excellent sources for finding out what has been researched on a topic as well as to find bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information.