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Library and open-access resources to support analytical research into contemporary social issues of interest to social work students, especially students of SOWK 470.
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Social Work & Related Social Science Articles

These databases are most likely to contain articles that address contemporary social issues from an academic or professional perspective.

  • Social Work Abstracts (EBSCOhost) -- 1965-present
    Selectively indexes over 900 journals for articles relating to social work and human services.
  • Sage Journals Online
    Full-text articles from around 500 social sciences & humanities journals, back to 1999. Indexing only for articles older than 1999 & around 30 journals this library does not subscribe to. Click "Sage Content Available to Me" to limit to full text.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCOhost)
    Comprehensive database for sociology, with solid coverage for social work, social psychology, addictions, and criminal justice issues. Full text for 890 journals dating back as far as 1908, with selective text and abstracts for over 3500 others going back as far as 1895, plus numerous books, conference papers, and other monographs.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science) -- 1992-present
    Indexes articles and analyzes citations from over 3,000 social sciences journals back to 1992. Note that the database automatically searches Science Citation Index as well. Use the limiters in the Search Results screen to narrow your results to specific social science disciplines.
  • Social Sciences Full Text (EBSCOhost) -- 1984-present
    Indexing and abstracts for over 625 social science periodicals, including over 400 peer-reviewed journals. Full text of some 215 journals back to 1995.
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCOhost)
    Full text articles from around 270 criminal justice journals, with indexing/abstracting from another 100. Covers criminal justice and related areas such as corrections, police, and forensics.

Policy Articles

These databases may contain general or legal articles relating to current U.S. federal, state or local government policies.

  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
    Full-text articles on all subjects from over 7900 journals, with indexing and abstracts for at least another 4300 journals dating back as far as 1911. Also includes full text articles from over 1100 magazines and trade journals, plus indexing for another 400 non-scholarly titles. Also indexes books, reports, and conference proceedings.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    Full-text articles from over 3600 journals or magazines (and indexing for about 1500 more titles) going back as far as 1971.
  • CQ Researcher -- 1923-present
    Full-text articles from this one magazine; each 20+ weekly issue covers one current event or policy topic.
  • LexisNexis Academic Legal
    Full-text articles from over 500 law reviews & 300 legal magazines/newspapers; federal & state court cases (including the ability to Shepardize) and federal & state codes.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts -- 1975-present
    Covers political science, international relations, law and public administration from around 1500 journals.

News Articles

These comprehensive news databases may be used to identify contemporary social issues and some of the agencies or stakeholders involved with them.

  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Full-text articles from over 1400 national and international newspapers, including Spokesman Review, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Coverage dates vary title by title, but at best 1980-present.
  • LexisNexis Academic News
    Full-text articles covering news from over 350 U.S. & international newspapers; 300 magazines; tv/radio & Congressional transcripts; major wire services; and Roper opinion polls.
  • Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOhost)
    Selected full-text articles from around 860 U.S. newspapers, along with over 850,000 radio and television transcripts.

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