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SWK 691: Social Work Research Methods II - Spring 2014

Basic Sources

Encyclopedia of Social Work -  Ref HV 35 .S6

Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups - Ref HV 45 .E53

Social Work Dictionary -  Ref HV 12 .B37

To find scholarly information on your Topic

URSUS - Fogler Library's catalog, use it to look for books.  There are other libraries in this catalog, as well; look for O or ORO to tell if a book is here.  If you want to order a book from another library, click on the Request button on the top of the page.  You will be asked for your name and barcode (on the back of your MaineCard). You may also want to search in MaineCat, which includes other libraries across Maine (i.e. Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby).  You can request these books as well.

Social Work Abstracts - covers most Social Work journals; only 4 users allowed at once

Social Services Abstracts - covers many Social Work journals, as well as journals in related fields

Cochrane Collection Plus - covers health care data

Other databases that may be helpful include:


Sociological Abstracts

Web of Science - allows citation searching of journal articles

Request (click for a demo) allows you to order books from other Maine libraries

Article Linker (click for a demo) allows you to automatically check URSUS for electronic and/or print subscriptions. 

Interlibrary Loan - use for journal articles we do not have access to

 Ways to find other information

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses - Can search for citations to dissertations; some more recent ones have first 24 pages of full text

Proquest Newsstand - This includes full text articles for most U.S. newspapers (and a few English language ones from other countries).

LexisNexisAcademic - This full text database includes legal, business and news information. 

Google - This familiar site searches what's available on the visible Web, with the most popular sites at the top of the list.  Think twice before using any Wikipedia sites, as the content can be changed by anyone.

Still Unsure...?

There are lots of ways to get help.  First, try the Reference Desk - you can come in, call us at 581-1673, text BEAR to 66746, or use the Ask-a-Librarian chat or email service.

Nancy Lewis is the Social Work Librarian; you can send her an email on FirstClass ( or call her at 581-3613 to set up an appointment.

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