Social work

This subject guide will help you locate key sources of information for your subject including databases for finding journal articles.

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Finding journal articles

Discover is our single search system which searches our books, ebooks, most journal content and selected other resources. We provide a Discover search guide. For more comprehensive searches you will need to search a database.

Difficulty accessing full text?

Use the Journal A-Z to check our journal holdings (search by journal title). Request material not available in our collections using the Inter-library loan service.


Key websites
  • British Association of Social Workers includes practice guidance. This site includes an excellent resource search allowing you to search or browse by theme, topic, campaign and publication type
  • Care Inspectorate is the independent scrutiny and improvement body for care and children’s services across Scotland. The publications section allows you to look for social work and child protection inspection reports
  • Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) includes publications by category and gives open access to the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care
  • Child Poverty Action Group - Scotland contains a policy section along with training information and resources
  • JISC Archives Hub contains a range of digital collections designed for education
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent development and social research charity. Access publications from the foundation on wide ranging themes such as poverty, hoursing, social exclusion and many more
  • Mental Welfare Commission Scotland includes information relating to the Mental Health Act, the Adults with Incapacity Act and the Criminal Procedures Act
  • Scottish Poverty Information Unit is an established applied research unit based in the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. Its areas of interest include poverty and social justice in Scotland
  • Scottish Social Services Council is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence aims to improve the quality of care and support services for children and adults. This is an easy to navigate website with key topics of current interest and includes access to the Social Care Online Database
  • Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP) The site closed in 2011 but key project reports, case studies and other resources can be found via the Higher Education Academy website. Search using SWAP as keyword to view all results
  • Victoria Climbie Inquiry Data Corpus Online collection of papers relating to the Victoria Climbie inquiry
Collections within GCU archives

Glasgow Caledonian University has a number of collections which might be of interest to social work students including:

  • Aberlour Child Care Trust
  • Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW)
  • Children First
  • One Parent Families Scotland
  • Papers of David Affleck

Get in touch with GCU Archives and Special Collections to find out more.

Other useful websites