Social Work Research Guide


Academic Search Premier
The world's largest scholarly, multidiscipline, full-text database designed specifically for academic institutions. Contains indexing and abstracts for over 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.  Over 3,600 journals are peer-reviewed.

Applied Social Sciences Index
Spans the literature of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. The database abstracts and indexes over 500 journals, from more than 16 countries.

Criminal Justice Journals
A collection of criminal justice and crimonology journals.

Counseling and Therapy in Video
Counseling and Therapy in Video provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible. This current release includes 276 videos totaling roughly 300 hours. Video tutorial

Google Scholar
Use this link to have Google Scholar recognize you as a George Fox user, and link you to the library's full text subscriptions. Google Scholar indexes a broad array of scholarly literature. Click the article title to access the full text article.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
This database includes over 3 million references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is international in coverage.

PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress
This bibliographic database, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, provides citations and abstracts to the international literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
A collection of full text dissertations and theses from across the disciplines.

Psychology and Behavior Science Collection
This is a comprehensive database from EBSCO covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 600 journals.  Over 200 titles fall under the subject of social work.

High-quality indexing and abstracts for journals covering the broad spectrum of sociological study.

Social Science Journals
Includes hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.

Social Sciences Citation Index
Provides the Science Citation Index Expanded from 1979 to the present, and the Social Sciences Citation Index from 1994 to present.

Social Services Abstracts
The database abstracts and indexes thousands of serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations and citations to book reviews documenting the current research focused on social work, human services and related areas, including social welfare, social policy and community development.

Social Work Abstracts
Includes more than 850 social work and human services journals. Coverage: 1965 - present.

Social Work Reference Center
Encyclopedic-type resource for social workers and mental health professionals. Covers a wide array of topics, such as adolescent health, aging, end-of-life care, clinical social work, and diversity.

Sociology Database
Access to the full text of more than 300 journals in sociology and social work.

Web resources

Criminal Justice

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Federally sponsored information clearinghouse that produces "one of the largest criminal and juvenile justice libraries and databases in the world," the NCJRS Abstracts Database. It also provides 7,000 full-text publications, and online reference service.

World Criminal Justice Library Network
Collection of resources related to criminal justice worldwide.

Demographic Data

Pew Social & Demographic Trends
Presents studies on Americans' attitudes and behavior related a number of social issues and social trends.  Complete reports are downloadable as PDFs.

Social Statistics Briefing Room
Easy access to current Federal social statistics.

Cultural/Social Research

Harvard Family Research Project
Harvard Family Research Project promotes more effective educational practices, programs, and policies for disadvantaged children and youth by generating, publishing, and disseminating research.
Provides access to U.S. agencies dedicated to human rights, reports, and news stories related to human rights issues worldwide.

Hunger In America
Provides a “comprehensive profile of the incidence and nature of hunger and food insecurity in the U.S.

National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability is a small federal agency, which serves to advise the President, Congress, and other federal agencies and departments on issues and policies related to persons with disabilities. Links to news reports, blogs, reports, and other resources are provided on the site. The reports listed on this site are listed according to the publication date, and may also be accessed through

UC Atlas of Global Inequality
The mission of the UC Atlas of Inequality is to provide online teaching resources and tools to enable student exploration of global change.

U.S. DHHS Administration for Children & Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

Finding Books

Search Primo for books at George Fox and libraries worldwide.

You can search by title, author, or subject and discover:

  1. which of our libraries owns it
  2. shelf position (call number)
  3. status (on shelf or checked out)
  4. complete citation

Types of searches that you can use to find books:

A.  Title and author searches

If you know the title of a book or the name of an author you can perform a "Title" or "Author" search in Primo by selecting these field options from a drop-down menu or a tab and entering the title or author name in the search box.

B.  Keyword search

A keyword search is the broadest, most flexible search that you can use.  It looks for the terms that you enter in any order within all of the fields of the bibliographic record.  You can perform a "Keyword" search in Primo by selecting this field option from a drop down menu or a tab and entering the keyword(s) in the search box.  This can be a good way to start your book search but sometimes the results are irrelevant or there are so many that it would take too long to go through them all.  If this is the case then a subject search will be more helpful for you.

C.  Subject search

A subject search in Primo is the most direct way to find a book on a specific topic.  You can perform a "Subject" search in Primo by selecting these field options from a drop-down menu or tab and entering the subject heading in the search box.

Easiest way to perform a subject search:

  • Using a keyword search find one book in Primo that most closely matches your topic of interest and look at the full record to view the subject headings that are used to describe the content.  Click on one of the subject headings to view all materials that have been labeled with the same subject heading or use a combination of subject headings to formulate your own search.

    Links to subject searches

    Below are links to various subject searches in Primo that will take you to the records of books at George Fox that have been tagged with that subject heading.  Change the Search Scope to "George Fox + Summit" to include books at other libraries.


    Drug addiction

    Families and social work

    Juvenile corrections

    Juvenile delinquency

    Medical social work

    Public welfare

    School social work

    Social case work

    Social service

    Social work administration

    Social work education

    Social workers

    Substance abuse


    Call numbers

    If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

    HA 29-32 Theory & Method of Social Science Statistics
    HB 846-846.8 Welfare Theory
    HV 40-69 Social Work (case work, institutional care, rural social work, work relief)
    HV 85-525 Social Work by Region or Country
    HV 530 The Church and Charity
    HV 544.5 International Social Work
    HV 640-645 Social Work with Refugees
    HV 697-700.7 Social Work with Families
    HV 701-1441 Child & Youth Services
    HV 1442-1448 Social Work with Women
    HV 1449 Social Work with Gays, Lesbians, and Other Sexual Minorities
    HV 1450-1494 Social Work with the Aged
    HV 1551-3024 Social Work with People with Disabilities
    HV 3176-3199 Social Work with People of Color
    HV 4005-4013 Social Work with Immigrants
    HV 4023-4470.7 Social Work with Urban Poor
    HV 4480-4630 Social Work with Homeless
    HV 5001-5840 Social Work with Addictions
    HV 7428 Social work with Delinquents and Criminals
    HV 9051-9230.7 Juvenile Offenders, Juvenile Delinquency
    UH 750-769 Military Social Work, Social Welfare Services
    VG 2000-2005 Military Social Work, Social Welfare Services (Navy)


Build your own search:

   1. Go to Primo
   2. Enter a keyword in the search box
   3. Limit "Material Type" to "Audio & Video"

Primo searches for videos about:

Social work  (subject)

Social services (subject)

National Association of Social Workers  (author/by)