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SW 100: Exploring Social Work
Professor Kirk Matthews

Library Resource Guide

Sources for Locating Journal Articles

Social Services Abstracts (1979-present)
This database abstracts and indexes over 1,300 serial publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews. Limit by date range and to journal articles.

Sociological Abstracts (1952-present)
This is the premier database for sociology and related disciplines. Some of the topics covered include culture and social structure, family and social welfare, and demography.  This database covers a wide range of documents including over 1800 journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations.

PsycINFO (1806-present)
This is the premier database in the field of psychology. Contains articles relevant to social work.  Covers a wide variety of literature including journals articles, books, dissertations, and reports on psychology & related fields.

ERIC (1965-present)
This education database contains a great deal of information for the Social Worker regarding children. Periodical articles, technical and research reports, and conference reports are among the sources indexed.

Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature including peer-reviewed articles. Look for the "Full-Text @ NMU" link to obtain an electronic copy of the article or the "Locate a print copy @ NMU" to see if the library has the item in our print collection.

Library Catalog

Library Catalog
Use the library catalog to see if the library owns a particular journal or to find books in the Olson Library collection..

Selected Reference Sources

Reference sources offer convenient access to a wide range of information. Everything from statistical sources to specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries can be found in the reference collection. The following is a small sample of relevant resources for sociology and social work. Browse the collection in these call number ranges or check at the Reference Desk to locate additional sources.

The Social Work Dictionary
Reference HV 12 .B37

Encyclopedia of Social Work (3 volumes)
Reference HV 35 .S6

Social Workers Desk Reference
Reference HV 40 .S6464

An Author's Guide to Social Work Journals
Reference HV 85 .M46

Encyclopedia of Sociology (5 volumes)
Reference HM425 .E5 2000

Electronic reference sources for Sociology and Social Work

Library Guides

Popular vs. Scholarly Periodicals
A list of criteria to use when determining the differences between popular and scholarly periodicals. See also the accompanying powerpoint presentation.

APA Style Guide
Examples of how to cite some of the more common sources, including web sites and online articles, according to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Consult the Manual in the library reference collection for sources not listed at this site. Reference Collection: BF 76.7 P83.

Need Further Assistance?

If you need help with any of these resources you can ask for assistance at the Library's Reference Desk (227-2294 or live chat) or contact Mike Burgmeier (227-2187), Reference Librarian.

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