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Social Work: Find Articles

Starting Guide for Social Work Research

Database Tips and Tricks

If you are searching for a topic within a specific subject discipline, be sure you are using the appropriate database. Databases are not created equal, and sometimes your search strategies can make a big difference. Use the 'Help' files at the top of the screen or ask a Librarian to maximize your results. 

Searching Keywords and Phrases

Using keywords and phrases helps you to accurately and efficiently search for information whether you are searching in a library database or in Google/Google Scholar. You'll want to use 2-3 keywords that are related to your topic in order to find the best information. Below are some examples, but you can always ask a librarian to help you come up with keywords in order to scope your search appropriately. 

  • income inequality and guaranteed basic income
  • homelessness and trauma and policy 
  • social work and community engagement or community programs 
  • digital technology and social isolation 
  • decarceration and United States policy and abolition 

Best Bets: Social Work

Online Academic Journals

Full-text contents of the following scholarly, peer reviewed journals are available.  Click the title to view.

Other journals can be found by using and search for "social work."

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