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Social Work: Finding Articles

A guide for students studying Social Work at the University of South Wales.
Mae'r dudalen hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg

What is a Journal?

Journals are publications that are published on a regular and ongoing basis, for example, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.  They contain a selection of articles in a subject area by different authors.  These articles are known as journal articles.  Academic journal articles are written by researchers and their articles are reviewed by other experts in the same subject area, in a process called peer-review.  Peer-reviewed journal articles are considered to be the best quality journal articles available. Journal articles are the best place to find the most recent research on a topic. 

Looking for a journal article

  1. If you would like to find journal articles on a subject, try searching by keyword using Advanced Search in FINDit.
  2. You can browse a specific journal through the journals finder. This journal browser allows you to explore journal collections by subject.
  3. Try going directly to a specialist database for results focussed on a subject area.
  4. If you have found an article for which we do not provide access, you can request it from another library.

Key Databases

Databases that are most useful for this subject area are:

Key Journals

Journals (also known as periodicals or serials) contain a number of articles by different authors. They are published regularly (for example, weekly or monthly). Peer-reviewed journals are considered to be of higher quality than other journals.

Journals you may find useful include:

British Journal of Social Work 

Child and Family Social Work

Children and Youth Services Review

Health and Social Care in the Community

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law

Journal of Social Work

Journal of Social Work Practice

Qualitative Social Work

The Journal of Adult Protection

FINDit

 

FINDit is a simple, one-step search method for books, e-books, articles, DVDs and more, and includes a number of personalized features for you.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great way of searching for information and is a useful supplement to database searches. 

Google Scholar Search

Newspapers

Search the archives of UK national and local newspapers:

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