Social Work: Starting your research

Guide to locating relevant resources for Social Work assessment tasks and projects.

Preliminary searching

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a subset of Google that focuses on academic research. Results will include journal articles, theses, conference papers, books.

Log-in to Google Scholar via the Monash Library DatabasesThis ensures that you will be linked to the full-text of an article you find if Monash have a subscription to the journal.


Library Search



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Use Search to discover books, articles, journals, databases and more!

A single search will return results from a number of different sources. Some of the key sources include:

Supported browsers

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Just type one or more words you are looking for and click the Go button.

Limit the result set using Show only and Refine results facets in the left panel. In this way you can specify such parameters as type of resource, campus and date range, either separately or in combination.

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For more on how to save your searches, create alerts and request books see the Monash Library Search Libguide

You can select to search by Subject Heading terms by using the Advanced searching option.

See a video demonstration below.


Other suggested Social Work Subject Headings

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