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Social Work and Community Welfare

Additional recommended databases

In addition to the key databases listed on the Key resources page, try these:

Documenting and recording your searches

Peer Reviewed or Scholarly?

Your lecturer may require you to find peer-reviewed journal articles.  Here are some tips on finding out if your journal is a peer-reviewed journal:

There are 4 ways to check for peer-reviewed status:

  • does the database allow you to restrict your search to peer reviewed publications (like Ebsco)
  • does the database offer a way to check by clicking the journal title, or a browse title link (like APA-FT)
  • search a specialised database such as Ulrichsweb or Serials Directory for the journal title. In Ulrichsweb you are hoping to see a little black and white striped referee shirt , in Serials Directory you are hoping for a statement: "Peer Reviewed: Yes". 
  • search the web for the home page of the journal. Look for an information for authors/contributors page. Does it tell authors that their work will be subject to a peer-reviewed process.

Also remember to check that your article is scholarly and not just an opinion or commentary piece that happens to be in a peer-reviewed publication.  Some good indicators:

  • the author gives their academic qualifications/affiliations with a university
  • often there is an abstract
  • substantial document - longer than 2 pages
  • list of references at the end.

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Additional Social Work journals

The Library subscribes to hundreds of Social Work and Community Welfare journals.

Click here to view a complete list of journal titles.