Social Work Databases

Recommended Databases

Maintains citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, and dissertations in psychology about human behavior from 1879 to the present.

Includes citations of journal articles, dissertations, and conference proceedings focused on social work, human services, social welfare, social policy, and community development.

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Provides selected full text, scholarly, and peer reviewed articles in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Contains citations and abstracts to journal articles and other materials related to aging.

Includes the American Psychiatric Association (APA) practice guidelines, which provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Maintains a clearinghouse for evidence-based child welfare programs and practices.

Provides access to systematic reviews, usually international in scope, in education, criminal justice, and social welfare.

Offers videos for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. Includes counseling sessions and demonstrations, consultations, lectures, presentations, and interviews. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Offers citations, abstracts, and full text articles in scholarly journals on crime trends, prevention and deterrence, juveniles, police, courts,and sentencing.

Contains abstracts of quality assessed and critically appraised systematic reviews. Focuses primarily on systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of health care interventions, and the delivery and organisation of health services.

Indexes education documents (ED), and education journal articles (EJ), from 1966 to the present. Covers all educational levels and aspects of education. Full text journal articles (EJ), and education documents on microfiche (ED 1966-2003), are still available. Click on the information icon regarding the status of full text ERIC documents(ED).

Provides citations and abstracts on family studies research, including family therapy, marriage, children, and youth. 

Combines Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases. Provides citations to journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, governement reports, and working papers as well as theses and dissertations. 

Google Scholar searches the academic, scholarly Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Searching Google Scholar from the Portland State University Library will identify full text articles available from PSU Library resources as well as open access articles from other universities and colleges.

Indexes and contains full text of  international literature regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, and transgender issues.

A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Maintains controversial contemporary topic summaries and overviews of current issues that include aspects of the issues along with pro and con arguments and opinions.

Covers public affairs, public and social policy, and international relations. Includes national and international journal articles, books, government documents, statistics, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, microfiche, and pertinent web sites.

Features citations to the international literature on post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.

Provides 400 topics, each with an overview containing objective background and description as well as point arguments and counterpoint opposing arguments.

Offers the DSM-V:Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., the APA Practice Guidelines, and the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) in advance.

* Trial from 10/24/2016 - 12/23/2016

Provides access to psychological testing instruments and literature about them.

Provides citations and abstracts for journal articles in all areas of medical practice and research from 1953 to the present.

Contains state-level historical data for the areas of agriculture, crime and law enforcement, defense, economy, education, employment and labor, energy and environment, geography, government finances, health, households and housing, population, social welfare as well as transportation.

Provides practice-focused information resources for social workers and mental health professionals on a variety of topics, including adolescent health, aging, end-of-life care, clinical social work and diversity.

Indexes citations to journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and conference proceedings in the field of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Symptom Media is an online mental health education and training film library. These DSM 5 and ICD guided films offer guideposts to better understand what a particular mental health diagnosis looks like. Closed captions are available.

Maintains citation searching for high impact research journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences.