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SW 472 : Social Work in Health Care: Scholarly Journal Articles

Top Social Work Databases

Top Social Work Databases

Social Services Abstracts

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 over 1,500 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews .

PsycInfo Including PsyArticles

Contains summaries of the world's journal literature, of dissertations and technical reports, and of English-language chapters and books in psychology and related disciplines. No full text content within PsycInfo, but there are links to full text in other databases, including PsycARTICLES. Also includes psychology articles from related disciplines such as sociology, linguistics, education, medicine, law, physiology, business, psychiatry, and anthropology.

Additional Health Care and Psychology Databases

Additional Health Care and Psychology Databases


Focuses exclusively on the population aged 50+ and issues of aging. AgeLine is the premier source for the literature of social gerontology and includes aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy. This database indexes over 600 journals, books, book chapters, reports, dissertations, consumer guides, and educational videos. Publication coverage is from 1978 to the present, with selected coverage from 1966-1977.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text (EBSCO)  1937-

CINAHL is the online version of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. It provides indexing for over 3,500 nursing, allied health, biomedical, and consumer health journals. Additional items indexed include nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals, and book chapters. Evidence Based Care Sheets and Quick Lessons are also included.

PILOTS Database

A bibliographic database produced at the headquarters of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in White River Junction, Vermont, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, while offering both current and retrospective coverage.

PubMed (Medline)

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.  Includes over 20 million articles.  For more help, watch the PubMed Quicktours - short video tutorials on PubMed's many features.

Additional Multidisciplinary Databases

Additional Multidisciplinary Discovery Tools:

  • ProQuest (all databases)
    Search across 78 different indexes from ProQuest at once, including the popular multidisciplinary ProQuest Research Library.

  • EBSCOHost
    Search across databases such as AgeLine, Family and Society Studies Worldwide, Social Science Full Text, etc.

  • Web of Science (a.k.a. Social Sciences Citation Index)
    ndexes science, social sciences, and arts and humanities information from nearly 9,300 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Note: you can restrict your search to the Science Citation Citation Index (1900 to date) , the Social Sciences Citation Index (1900 to date), or the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975 to date).  Click on settings tab at bottom.

Selected Social Work Journals

Health Social Work Online Journals:

  • Social Work. The premier journal of the social work profession. Widely read by practitioners, faculty, and students, it is the official journal of NASW and is provided to all members as a membership benefit. Social Work is dedicated to improving practice and advancing knowledge in social work and social welfare. Its articles yield new insights into established practices, evaluate new techniques and research, examine current social problems, and bring serious critical analysis to bear on problems in the profession. Major emphasis is placed on social policy and the solutions to serious human problems.

  • Health & social care in the community.. An essential journal for anyone involved in nursing, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, general practice, health psychology, health economy, primary health care and the promotion of health.

  • Health & Social Work. For 20 years, human services professionals have relied on Health & Social Work for the latest advances in areas such as aging, clinical work, long-term care, oncology, substance abuse, depression, and maternal health. Articles also cover research, policy, specialized services, quality assurance, in-service training, and other topics that affect the delivery of health care services

  • Health Psychology. A scholarly journal that explores scientific relationships between behavioral principles on the one hand and physical health and illness on the other.

  • Journal of addictions & offender counseling. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling (JAOC) focuses on prevention and treatment programs, the attitudes and behaviors of substance abuse professionals, tested techniques, treatment of adolescents and adults, and qualitative and quantitative studies. It is also open to literature focusing on the attitudes and behaviors of addictions and offender counselors

  • Journal of health care for the poor and underserved. a peer-reviewed journal focusing on contemporary health care issues of medically underserved communities. JHCPU addresses such diverse areas as health care access, quality, costs, legislation, regulations, health promotion, and disease prevention from a North American, Central American, Caribbean, and sub-Saharan African perspective. Regular features include research papers and reports, literature reviews, policy analyses, and evaluations of noteworthy health care programs, as well as a regular column written by members of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

  • Social Science & Medicine.  An international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of social science research on health. We publish original research articles (both empirical and theoretical), reviews, position papers and commentaries on health issues, to inform current research, policy and practice in all areas of common interest to social scientists, health practitioners, and policy makers. The journal publishes material relevant to any aspect of health from a wide range of social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, policy, psychology, and sociology), and material relevant to the social sciences from any of the professions concerned with physical and mental health, health care, clinical practice, and health policy and organization.

  • Social Work in Health Care.  Devoted to social work theory, practice, and administration in a wide variety of health care settings, this journal gives you the tools to improve your practice while keeping you up-to-date with the latest crucial information. Social Work in Health Care is edited by Gary Rosenberg, PhD, one of the most respected leaders in health social work. This creative, lively journal brings you the most important articles on research, leadership, clinical practice, management, education, collaborative relationships, social health policy, and ethical issues from the most respected experts in the field. The journal's special issues comprehensively discuss a single pertinent health care theme.

  • Social Work in Public Health.  (Recently re-titled from the Journal of Health & Social Policy to better reflect its focus) provides a much-needed forum for social workers and those in health and health-related professions. This crucial journal focuses on all aspects of policy and social and health care considerations in policy-related matters, including its development, formulation, implementation, evaluation, review, and revision. By blending conceptual and practical considerations, Social Work in Public Health enables authors from many disciplines to examine health and social policy issues, concerns, and questions. This valuable resource also presents leading policymakers, as well as representatives affected by particular public and social policy, who discuss and debate new policies, giving readers special insight into policy formulation. Types of articles in Social Work in Public Health include:

    • specific subjects such as primary prevention, health care strategies of various ethnic groups, and financial aspects in policy formulation

    • articles by minority authors on all aspects of the field

    • multidisciplinary perspectives on policy questions and specific issues

    • articles that are centered on a particular theme or subject, such as homelessness, AIDS, or the economic costs of illness and health policy

Click here for a list of Social Work Journals from the MSU Library Catalog.

Electronic Journals A-Z List

Selected Clinical Social Work Online Journals

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