Social Work, Sociology, and Service Learning Guide


The library has lots of sociology and social work information both in print and online.


To find research articles on sociology or social work, you can do a keyword search of these databases:

CSA Social Services Abstracts
Annual Reviews Social Sciences 

JSTOR - Arts & Sciences Collections    (all types of articles) 
Project Muse (all types of articles including social sciences)
Science Direct  (science, health, and psychology)
PsycInfo (sociology, psychology)
Academic Search Premier (all types of articles)
GPO (search multidisciplinary governenment publications)
Sociology Journals: Directory of Open Access Journals
You can also find articles by searching the library's print copies of Social Work Abstracts and Social Sciences Index.



To find books on your topic, try the library Clarke Library Catalog; you can also search World Cat via FirstSearch  to find books at libraries from around the world and request them via interlibrary loan.

To get additional background information or ideas, try these reference sources:

Credo Reference Social Sciences 
Social Workers' Desk Reference
Encyclopedia of Social Work 
Medline Plus' Social/Family Issues section
You can also find demographic and statistical information using the Demographics guide.


Web Sites

To get additional ideas and information, try these web sites:

America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Social Work Search
The SocioLog (sociology guides and links)
WWW Virtual Library: Sociology
Information for Practice (research for social workers)
Urban Institute
Voice of the Shutte: Cultural Studies 
Family Law (Legal Information Institute, Cornell) 
Internet Public Library: Social Issues and Social Welfare
Social Indicators (United Nations)
Department of Health and Human Services: Families 
Iowa Publications Online: Social Issues and Programs


Research Tips

To find out more about service learning, try the Additional Service Learning Resources guide.

APA citation guide (Purdue Online Writing Center)

Conducting a Search in the Clarke Library Catalog   
See tips and demostrations on how to find authors, specific books, or topics in the library catalog.

If you have any questions, please contact a librarian: or (563) 588-6421.

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