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Full length journal, magazine and newspaper articles can be found in our online article collections.

If a book or article cannot be found in PVAMU’s resources, it can usually be borrowed from another library. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form, and please note that it may take several weeks to receive the item.

Find Books

Use the Online Library Catalog to locate books in the library. You might want to start with general subject terms such as:

Clinical Sociology
Community Organization
Human Services
Medical Social Work
Public Welfare
Social Case Work
Social Service
Social Work Administration
Volunteer workers in social service Or you may choose to conduct a precise keyword search that combines more than one subject, such as “+social work +aged

Reference Sources

Dictionary of sociology
Ref HM 425 L39 2001 Domestic violence and child abuse sourcebook
Ref HV 6626.2 D66 2000Education and sociology; an encyclopedia
Ref LC 189.95 E38 2002Encyclopedia of disability
Ref HV1568 .E528 2006Encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol and addictive behavior
Ref HV 5804 E53 2001Encyclopedia of homelessness
Ref HV4493 .E53 2004Encyclopedia of juvenile justice
Ref HV 9104 E58 2003Encyclopedia of social theory
Ref HM 425 E 47 2004Encyclopedia of social welfare history in North America
Ref HV12 .E497 2005Encyclopedia of social work
Ref HV 35 S6 1997 (with 2003 supplement)Encyclopedia of sociology
Ref HM 425 E5 2000Encyclopedia of world poverty
Ref HV12 .E54 2006

Key contemporary concepts: from abjection to Zeno’s paradox
Ref HM 425 L43 2003

Poverty in the United States: an encyclopedia of history, politics, and policy
Ref HC110.P6 P598 2004

Social science reference sources
Ref Z 7161 A125 2000

Social science resources in an electronic age
Ref H 61.95 O25 2004

Social trends and indicators
Ref HN 60 S62 2003a

World of sociology
Ref HM 585 W67 2001

Selected Print Social Work Journals

Abstracts for Social Workers
Administration in Social Work
Clinical Social Work Journal
Health and Social Work
Journal of Education for Social Work
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Journal of Multicultural Social Work
Research on Social Work Practice
Social Work
Social Work Research
Social Work Today
Social Work with Groups

Social Work Databases ProQuest including ProQuest Social Science Journals 

ProQuest Social Science Journals™ provides access to a variety of scientific journals, including  over 510 titles, with more than 280 available in full text.  Note that ProQuest defaults to searching all the databases it has, so any basic search will also include this Social Science Database. This is a comprehensive database that indexes the print journals Prairie View has, plus many more.

EBSCOHost  lets researchers pick among the best of many subject-oriented databases, including:

Academic Search Complete (997 “Social Work” titles) is the world’s most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5.3 thousand full-text periodicals (including 4 thousand peer-reviewed journals), indexing and abstracts for over 9.3 thousand journals, and a total of 10.9 thousand publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865. 

CINAHL (171 “Social Work” titles) is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,857 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains records dating back to 1982, with complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association.  Full text material includes 60 journals plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments, clinical trials.

Psyc ARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains over 100 thousand articles from 59 journals – 48 published by APA and 11 from allied organizations. Coverage spans 1894 to present. 

PsycINFO, also from the APA, contains citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, from the 1800’s to date.  Journal coverage (97% peer-reviewed) spans 1887-date and includes international material selected from over 2 thousand periodicals in more than 25 languages. 

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection (197 “Social Work” titles) covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Nearly every full text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO and updated daily.

Science & Technology Collection (20 “Social Work” titles) contains over 800 leading full text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community and also offers indexing and abstracts for almost 2 thousand publications. 

Soc INDEX with Full Text (888 “Social Work” titles) is the world’s most comprehensive and highest quality sociology and social work research database.  It features almost 2 thousand records with subject headings from a sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. It has full text for 397 “core” coverage journals dating back to 1908, and 150 “priority” coverage journals and also includes full text for over 720 books and monographs, and full text for 6,743 conference papers.

TOPICsearch allows researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms. TOPICsearch has full text for 140 thousand articles from almost 5 thousand diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO’s unparalleled collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information. This database provides full text for 1,550 publications and indexing and abstracts for 1,650 journals.

Wilson OmniFile by Wilson has 21 journal titles in the field of Social Work. “Wilson OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition is a multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content – indexing, abstracts, and full text – from six of Wilson’s full-text databases: Education Full Text, General Science Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Readers’ Guide Full Text, Social Sciences Full Text, and Wilson Business Full Text.”

Families in Society  This online journal “is the oldest and one of the most respected journals in North America on social work and related social and human services. It’s been in publication since 1920 and has had four titles: The Family (1920-1946), The Journal of Social Casework (1947-1949), Social Casework (1950-1989), and Families in Society (1990 to present). FIS is a core* social work journal that serves social workers and related professionals in direct practice, management, supervision, education, research, and policy and planning.”

Useful Web Sites

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities non-partisan group that analyzes government policy affecting low income people. Full text of reports, including the archive back to 1996.

Children’s Defense Fund website devoted to promoting their mission of educating the public about issues confronting children. Contains many reports about parenting and children’s issues. One publication of particular note is the “Children in the States” data book. This document supplements federal government data to portray various aspects of children’s well-being: health and health care, educational achievement, economic status, family structure, and others.

Data Web“Data topics include, census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, vital statistics data.”

HIV / AIDS Treatment Information Service provides information about federally-approved treatment guidelines for HIV and AIDS. This site is useful for the practitioner and the general researcher.


“INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.” Click on ‘social sciences and the humanities’ to find information on social work

.LD Online information on the various types of learning disabilities. Its audience is parents, teachers and children..

MedBioWorld to be “the largest medical and bioscience information resource and reference site on the Internet, which provides access to medical and bioscience journals, associations, databases and other medical resources, with over 35 thousand active links.”

National Association of Social Workers

With over 150,000 members, it is the “largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world”

Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace

Put out by Trinity University in San Antonio, this pathfinder is a great resource for methods, statistics and guides for writing research papers.  Knowing that different fields require different citation and format styles, this site is going to be more useful to you for the links than you may realize.

Texas Chapter of the NASW

“…NASW/Texas is a professional membership association that advocates for social workers, advances the profession of social work, and promotes sound public policy that is designed to ensure that human needs are met.”

Texas Department of Health

United States Census Bureau

One of those sites you might not think about for social work until someone points it out. This is a rich site for information on statistics, provided in tables, or you can create your own maps with statistical information.