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Public Health, Social Work & Care

Key Databases

Access to a wide range of social care materials. Includes articles from key journals and special reports.
Comprehensive source of information for nurses, and allied health professionals. Scroll down the EBSCOHost menu for the CINAHL link.
A database from the British Library offering full-text access to PhD theses from the majority of British universities. Theses not immediately available for download can be digitised to order. You will need to register with the site to view content.
MEDLINE® with Full Text provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. It provides full text for 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE.
Full text from leading nursing journals.
ScienceDirect provides access to the scientific, technical and medical journals of Elsevier and participating publishers.
It contains more than 16 million articles, 2,500 journals, 250 full open access journals, 39,000 books and 330,000 topic pages.

For a complete list of of our subscribed titles, click the "More information" link.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature with more than 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and arts and humanities.
The Social Work Toolkit helps students to develop the knowledge, core skills and confidence to succeed on their Social Work course and placements. The range of resources includes videos, case studies, book chapters and expert opinion articles.
A comprehensive sociology research database, featuring over 1,600,000 records and full text of over 253 "core" coverage journals. Part of the EBSCO Host research databases.
The British Library's Electronic Table of Contents. Contains details of articles from 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings. All subjects covered, from 1993 and it is updated daily.You can set-up personalised email Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests.

Web Pages

British Association of Social Work - Largest professional association for Social Work in the UK.

Care Quality Commission - Independent regulator of all Health & Social Care services in England.

Cochrane Library - Independent high-quality evidence for health care decision making. Includes Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Communities and Local Government - Ministerial department working to move decision –making power from central government to local councils.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre - Provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals.

DoH social care bulletin - The latest news and policy developments, as well as examples of good practice and successful projects.

Equality and Diversity Forum - National network of equality and human rights organisations.

Equality and human rights commission - EHRC have a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights

Gov.UK Publications - Government publications including consultations, policy & guidance and research & statistics.

GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services - Partnership of research institutes, think tanks, and consulting organisations with expertise in governance, social development, humanitarian and conflict issues.

Health and Care Professions Council - Regulator created to protect the public by keeping a register of health and care professionals who meet their standards.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - UK wide research and development programme to address root causes of social problems.

Legislation.Gov.UK - Managed by the National Archives on behalf of HM Government.

National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) - Provides evidence based guidance.

NHS Evidence - A wide range of health information to help those working in health and social care to deliver quality patient care.

Social Care Online (SCIE) - Key research, guidance, standards and best practice information in social care, including government and NGO reports.

The Equal Rights Trust - Independent international organisation aiming to combat discrimination and promote equality as a fundamental human right.

Trip Database - Clinical search tool with emphasis on evidence based medicine and clinical practice.

UK National Statistics Publication Hub - Gateway to UK National Statistics.


Cleaver, H, Unell, I, Aldgate, J, (2011) Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity. Child abuse: Parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse and domestic violence, UK: TSO 2nd edition (pdf 2.2M)

HM Government (2013) Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children [online] UK: Crown copyright (pdf 1M)

HM Government (2010) The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations, Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (pdf 2.8M)