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Social Work

All of the resources you need for your subject. For help with literature searching and referencing please contact your Information Adviser team.

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Social Work Databases

Databases are specialist tools which you can use to find resources such as journal articles. The five listed below are the databases we recommend you start with but the library has more. For help with searching these resources see the Search Skills page in this guide.


Index and summaries of peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health, from 1800s onwards.How to search APA PsycINFO (video) »


Multi-disciplinary abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.Scopus user guide »


Research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.How to search CINAHL (video) »

Practical Law

A legal know how service that provides peer reviewed resources, such as practice notes, current awareness and standard documents. Registration required if not already registered for Westlaw.How to search Practical Law (video) »

Social Care Online

The UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work. This is a free database and Find it @ Brighton links are not available.

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The referencing styles used in social work at the University of Brighton are Harvard Cite them Right or APA. Log into the Cite them Right resource below for guidance on referencing and bibliographies. If you would like to use an online tool to help you build an online reference list we recommend using either EndNote or ZoteroBib software.

Books & Ebooks

The easiest way to search for books held in the library is to use the library catalogue. You can search by author, title or keyword. You can also use the library catalogue to place reservations on books. The majority of books relating to social work can be found on the top floor (Level 3) of Falmer Library

The library also has a number of social work ebooks which are available on and off campus. Most of these are included in the library catalogue and can also be found in OneSearch. For more information about finding and using ebooks please see our Help with using ebooks page.

Help with using ebooks

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Watch and record freeview TV and radio. Create clips or make your own playlist using the huge archive of tv and radio shows dating back to the 1970s. Bob also includes a collection of curated playlists made by UK university lecturers on themes such as feminist film philosophy and law race and decolonisation.

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