Social Work

This is UCLan's Social Work library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Mike Hargreaves and Megan Benson


Use the Library Search to locate print & e-books.

In addition to our print collection, we have a growing collection of full-text electronic books.

We also have a subject specific ebook collection, Social Work Explorers, which is a comprehensive selection of textbooks in key topic areas that will support success throughout your studies.
The core courses include:
'Social Work Practice', 'Social Work with Adults', 'Human Development and Psychology', 'Social Work Skills', 'Social Work with Children and Families', Social Work, Disability and Mental Health', 'Social Work Theory and Methods', 'Ethics and Values', 'Social Policy and Social Work Law'.
You can also find within Additional Resources: 'Research and Study Skills' & 'Personal Development and Employability'.

Journals and Articles

If you have a reference for a particular journal article, or if you want to find out if we take a particular journal title, use the Journal Finder

If the Library does not have the journal article you want, you can request a copy from the Document Supply Service




eResources and Databases

 A database is an index to published journal articles.

  • Academic Search Complete - A full-text database of over 6000 journals in most subject areas, including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and women's studies.
  • CINAHL - The authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers.
  • Proquest Central - Multiple databases across all major subject areas, including business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and religion.
  • Proquest Education Journals - Provides access to over 1,090 educational publications, including more than 800 of the titles in full-text. There are more than 2.2 million records to-date, nearly 8,000 of which are dissertations and theses.
  • PsycINFO - A psychology database produced by the American Psychological Association. It abstracts articles, chapters of books, technical reports and dissertations.
  • PsychARTICLES - A database of full-text articles from 56 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.
  • Race Relations Abstracts - Includes bibliographic records related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance.
  • Sage Journals Online - A collection of 730 journals in the social sciences, humanities and life sciences. Some 298 are published on behalf of learned societies and institutions.
  • Social Work Toolkit - A versatile collection of resources focused on developing the core skills, knowledge and confidence students need to succeed on their course and throughout their placements.
  • Social Policy and Practice - A bibliographic database with abstracts containing material from the following information providers: Centre for Policy on Ageing, Greater London Authority, IDOX, and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
  • Social Science Database - This database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.
  • Social Work Abstracts Plus - Produced by the National Association of Social Workers, contains more than 45,000 records from social work and other related journals on topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging, substance abuse, legislation, community organization, and more.
  • SocINDEX - a sociology research database. Its extensive scope and content provide users with a wealth of extremely useful information encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study.
  • Sociology Database - covers the international literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction and more.
  • Taylor & Francis Collection - Over 1750 journals covering the disciplines of Arts & Humanities, Science, Engineering, Technology and the Social Sciences.

Additional Resources

The following services collect together many useful and relevant Web sites. They are good places to begin a search;

Multi-subject Databases

  • Scopus - One of the largest abstracting and indexing databases of research literature and quality web sources. There are also 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices.

  • E-Newspapers - includes local (Lancashire Evening Post), regional and national newspapers, newsletters, magazines and trade journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts, company news, and more
  • Web of Science - previously known as Web of Knowledge - contains the Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Science Citation Indexes, indexing over 11,000 journals .Web of Science now contains some links to full text articles.
  • EThOS - The Electronic Theses Online System. Developed by the EThOS partnership, comprising of several UK Higher Education Institutions and the British Library with funding from JISC, RLUK and the HE partners.

Useful Web Pages

  • Social Care Online (eLSC)
    Is aimed at social care professionals and service users and carers.  It aims to make available research evidence and publications, databases (Caredata) and electronic journals across the whole area of social care.
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence
    (SCIE) took over from the work of the National Institute for Social Work (NISW) in October 2001. It promotes knowledge-based policy and practice throughout social work and social care. One of the first things SCIE has done, is to provide free access to the Caredata database, via Social Care Online
  • Health and Care Professions Council
    They promote training in social work throughout the UK.


Mike Hargreaves - Senior Faculty Librarian for Health and Wellbeing

Mike Hargreaves

Senior Faculty Librarian for Health and Wellbeing
01772 892127

Megan Benson - Faculty Librarian for Health and Wellbeing

Megan Benson

Faculty Librarian for Health and Wellbeing
01772 895057