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Social Work Research Support

This guide is designed to assist in your research process. The guide contains research resources related to Research Design, Literature Review, Research Methods, Data Analysis and Ethics.

Off Campus Login

The library page will automatically detect Off Campus users and will thus prompt for your Novell Username ( student no. or staff no.) and Password ( Date of birth - yymmdd, full id no. or passport no.) when required.


What is a database?

 A database is an organised collection of books, journals, reviews,

abstracts, conference proceedings and other information that has

been checked for accuracy and reliability by publishers, then

licensed for distribution in an online or electronic format.


What is a Database?

Prescribed/Recommended Books

Prescribed textbooks books are kept in the short loan section at level 5. Short Loan is a collection of books and photocopies that may be borrowed for a very short time - usually just for few hours or maybe overnight! Click on the PDF icon below to view the list of short loan titles, alternatively search via uKwazi.

How many books may you borrow out with your student card?

Social Work Databases

Journal article search box from the library homepage can be used for a quick search for journal articles on Social Work.  For more systematic searching and more comprehensive results it is recommended to use the library databases. Databases for Social Work are listed below. 


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