The library subscribes to a number of databases which specialise in your subject area. They are not available freely via the web, so you won’t be able to find the resources we have here by using Google. They give you access to quality, up to date, peer-reviewed material such as journal articles, case studies and research papers.
To begin with, you may want to search for books using Library Search. If you want to do an in-depth search for journals relating to a particular topic you might find it easier to search within a subject database.
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these databases and learn how to use them. They’re a great source of information and will be useful throughout your time at Salford.
Academic Search Premier and CINAHL
Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier and CINAHL are multi-disciplinary databases containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. You can read more information about using these databases here.
Community Care Inform
Community Care Inform is an online comprehensive data source that contains a wealth of expert-written, practice related information, including guidance to key pieces of legislation, expert articles and practice guides. There are two databases – Community Care Inform Adults and Community Care Inform Children.
Read the blog post with more information, including a step by step guide showing how to access and log in to the CC inform databases here.
Science Direct contains over 25% of the world’s science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information. Students and staff at Salford can access hundreds of full text journals, and also thousands of e-Books published since 2011
Social Care Online
Social Care Online is the UK’s most comprehensive database of social care information. It includes research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles and websites. Subjects include learning disabilities, public health and social work.
How to access the Databases
You can see the full list of recommended databases for Social Work students here.
Or, from the library website, click on ‘Resources’ from the menu at the top of the page, as shown below.
Next, select Social Work from the dropdown menu. If you’re off campus, you will need to log in using your University of Salford network username (e.g. ABC123) and password.
At this point you will see the full list of resources. After choosing an option from the list, click on ‘link to Database’ to proceed.
Help and Support
Are you having trouble accessing or logging in to any of these databases? Or would like some more information on how to use them? You can find the contact details for Jen, your Academic Support Librarian, here email@example.com or telephone :0161 295 3972.