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Note: This subject guide was formerly titled 'WELFARE'.

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Journal articles often provide the most current and authoritative research on a topic. The Library subscribes to databases to provide you access to these sources which are usually not freely available via the World Wide Web. You can search databases on your chosen topic and locate fulltext articles, abstracts of articles or citations. Check the UWS catalogue by journal title if the database does not give you the fulltext or a linkage to fulltext elsewhere. A comprehensive listing of databases is provided on the main e-resources page

  • APAFT - Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (RMIT)  Icon  Icon
    Provides full text coverage of scholarly articles on current affairs, economics, humanities, law, literature, politics and social sciences. As from January 2014, APAFT will be brought into line with the content delivery model of the Informit Collections. In particular, for new content, users will benefit from: freely available metadata, higher quality pdf files, shorter duration between journal publication and availability, cover-to-cover full text content and improved indexing. APAFT content will be fully migrated to the Informit Collections model by March 2014. Full text articles: 1995 - Present; Index: 1978 - Present.
  • SocINDEX with Fulltext
    Comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social psychology, social work and many others. Contains over 2.1 million records & subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by expert lexicographers.
    Coverage: 1908 - current
  • ProQuest Social Science Journals (ProQuest)
    Database includes over 1000 titles, with the majority available in full text. It covers core disciplines across the social sciences including sociology, social work, anthropology, politics and other areas, featuring journals from over 50 countries, facilitating multidisciplinary research and providing researchers with a variety of perspectives. Topics covered include anthropology, communication science, demography, economics, education, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, and sociology.
  • Families and Society Collection (RMIT)  Icon  Icon
    Covers a range of subjects within a social context including family and community, social services and public welfare, family law, and culture and institutions: non-traditional families, parenting, marriage, divorce, division of labour, working mothers, birth rates, and ageing. This full text Collection contains journals, books, and reports. Please note: This full text Collection replaces Family & Society Plus, which ceased 31st December 2010. For index only results you may also search FAMILY – Australian Family & Society Abstracts Database. Full text publications: 1976 - Present; Index: 1976 - Present.
  • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)  Icon
    Provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services and related areas, including social welfare, social policy and community development. The database abstracts and indexes thousands of serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations and citations to book reviews. Topics covered include: community and mental health services, crisis intervention, the family and social welfare, gerontology, poverty and homelessness, professional issues in social work, social services in addiction, social work education, social work practice, violence, abuse, and neglect. Coverage: 1979 - Present.
  • Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
    Comprehensive, authoritative collection of material—from international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences. This database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews.
  • PsycINFO (EBSCO)
    Resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from around 2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages.
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video
    Counseling and Therapy in Video provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling—400 hours and more than 330 videos on completion. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible.

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