Social Work and Counselling resources

Your Liaison Librarian: Steve Parton      email:     tel: +44 (0)1782 733480

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Cambridge Core
Cambridge University Press publishes a wide range of high-quality academic content across Cambridge Core, including leading journals.

Cochrane Library
Database of systematic reviews, clinical trials and other evidence-based material aimed at informing healthcare research, teaching, funding, and administration.

EBSCO contains thousands of full-text journal articles across lots of subject areas. You can search all of the EBSCO collections at once, or limit to individual databases such as Medline or Cinahl. EBSCO also includes access to PsycINFO, the American Psychological Association’s renowned database of peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health. EBSCO video tutorials

A journal database containing full-text international and US journals titles primarily regarding law and legal history.

Full-text access to the archive of many important journals.

Lexis+ UK
A legal database containing journals, case reports and UK legislation.

Oxford Academic Journals
A collection of more than 250 electronic journal titles from Oxford University Press with full-text access from 1996 to the latest issue for all titles.

Philpapers is a website that aims to be a comprehensive directory of online philosophy articles and books by academic philosophers.

Practical Law
Practical Law gives you access to practice notes giving clear, up to date explanations of the law and how it applies in practice, and also offers how-to guidance and standard documents.

Access to many different resources, including the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) and the Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA). ProQuest video tutorials

This is the APA (American Psychological Association) e-journal collection.

Sage Journals
A collection of over 600 full-text international peer-reviewed journals titles, dating back to 1999 for most titles.

An e-journals collection which contains the full-text of more than 1000 journals in the life, physical, medical, technical and social sciences.

Taylor & Francis Online
A collection of over 1500 journals from Taylor & Francis Online with full-text access from 1997 onwards for most titles.

Web of Science - Clarivate
Includes the Social Science Citation Index, Conference Proceedings, access to Journal Citation Reports and Book Citation Index.

Westlaw UK
Contains law reports, legislation and full-text access to legal journals. This is a key resource for research into social work law. Westlaw video guide

Wiley Online Library
A collection of over 1400 journals from Wiley's Online Library with full-text access from 1997 onwards for most titles.

One of our core ebook collections with many titles relevant for counselling, social work and related disciplines.

ProQuest Ebook Central
This ebook platform is another of our core ebook collections.

European Newsstream - ProQuest
Provides the searchable full-text of articles published in around 30 UK newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent.

A news and business service which includes around 12,000 publications, including worldwide, national and local newspapers.

The Times Digital Archive
Search the complete digital edition of The Times from 1785-2011. The entire newspaper is captured with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) National is a TV and radio recording service and is freely available to all staff and students at Keele. Record and catch-up on programmes from 60+ TV and radio channels that have been broadcast in the last 30 days. You will need your Keele username and password to sign-in.

British Library EThOS
The British Library EThOS project provides electronic access to research theses from many UK universities.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Use this site to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States.

Google Scholar
The most famous web search engine can search for academic journals and literature too. In Google Scholar’s settings you can also customise your results to quickly see which of them you have full-text access to through Keele Library. To get this working, before you perform your search click on settings and type 'keele' into the library links search box. Tick the Keele University – view online @Keele box, click on save preferences and you're ready to go. When you've typed in your search, any results with ‘view-online@Keele' link next to the title provide a direct link through to the article.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Website of the regulator for health professionals. Contains links to news and publications.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The website for JRF, a social policy research and development charity.

Keele Research Repository
A digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by Keele University staff.
A counselling and psychotherapy video streaming service of approximately 50 videos with transcripts and subtitles, guides to develop discussion and role play, and the ability to create video clips from the videos.

Reference Management Tools (RefWorks and Cite Them Right)
Access quality reference management tools provided by the Library. RefWorks allows you to save and manage all the references you use for your assignments, whether these are from books, journals, web pages or other sources, and create bibliographies. Cite Them Right helps you to reference correctly in a variety of styles, not just for standard resources such as books and journal articles, but also for resources such as statutes, patents and social networking sites. Visit our Reference management page for useful guides and help using these resources.

Clinical Search Tool providing access to high quality clinical evidence.

Social Care Online
The UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work. Please note, this database will no longer updated after Decemeber 2023.

UK Data Service
Explore the UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data resources.

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