Social Work Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on social work

Highly recommended:

Social Services Abstracts - current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas


PsycINFO - psychology journals and various other types of psychology-related sources

Social Sciences Index - covers the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, law and criminology, political science, social work,sociology, and international relations

Sociological Abstracts - covers sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences

Others to consider:

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)

Academic OneFile (Gale)

CINAHL - covers health, nursing and medicine

MEDLINE - strong on medicine, physiology and human biology

NCJRS - includes federal, state and local government reports and journal articles in the areas of corrections, courts, drugs and crime, law enforcement, and juvenile justice

Google Scholar

Browse selected electronic journals

Advances in Social Work

American Journal of Family Therapy

Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal

Child & Family Social Work

Clinical Social Work Journal

Family Relations

Health & Social Work

Health, Risk & Society

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Journal of Social Work

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Poverty and Public Policy

Qualitative Social Work

Research on Social Work Practice

Sexual Abuse

Social Choice and Welfare

Social Issues and Policy Review

Social Work

Social Work Research

For more journals on social work, public health & welfare, browse our Journals List.

OneSearch - Articles

Books and background reading

Books  in the CSUMB Library

OneSearch lists books and videos in CSUMB Library's collection.

Check here for a quick list of books on:

Child welfare

Community & public health

Economics -- Sociological aspects

Family social work

Family violence

Health Services Accessibility


Juvenile delinquency

Multicultural social work

Public welfare

Race and social problems

Social work education

Social workers

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Books at other libraries

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use CSU+ Resource Sharing (a service integrated into OneSearch) for ordering books and media held at other CSUs and the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the MOBAC regional catalogs, Melvyl, or WorldCat.


Organizations and statistics

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

NASW, California Chapter

New Social Worker - Websites of Interest to Social Workers

Administration for Children and Families - ACF includes policy and planning links to several statistical reports including statistics on adoption/foster care, Head Start programs, and child abuse. - Sponsored by UNICEF,this site includes international statistics on issues such as HIV/AIDS, education levels, and infant mortality. UNICEF’s online publications “The State of the World’s Children” and “Progress for Children” are also available.

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) - Provides reports, charts, studies, and more in the topic areas of child poverty, child health, and education. Much of the data retrieved is found in the online report from CDF, “The State of America’s Children.”

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect - Maintained by Cornell University, data archived on child welfare and maltreatment allows for secondary analysis. Nearly all data sets are free.

See also the many links on the Statistical Information page.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on Government Information, Health and Wellness, Psychology, Public Policy, and Sociology & Social Issues.

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