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Child Welfare: Library Resources

This guide is designed to assist students with child welfare and social work research.


To find journal articles, search the journal indexes covering journals in your discipline. Remember that elements of a topic may fall into other disciplines. Hence, you may find that you also need to search journal indexes that cover other disciplines.

Below is a list of the most highly ranked journals in the field of Social Work with an emphasis on Child Welfare, according to Impact Factor and h-Index. All of these journals are electronically available to UNBC students and faculty. These titles could be a good starting point for your research. 

A thesis or dissertation is an academic paper submitted for the attainment of a degree. Theses and dissertations usually represent original research, but are often unpublished. They can be a very useul source of information. In order to find theses and dissertations, check out these resources:

Unpublished theses and dissertations

Databases containing unpublished and published theses and dissertations

Evidence-based practice refers to "[t]he conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the case of individual patients" (Sackett et al., 1996, 71). The resources listed below provide information on programs, interventions, and therapeutic methods in the field of Social Work. 

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Can't find a book or book chapter, article, thesis or dissertation, or multimedia that you need?

If we don't have the item in our collection, you can request it through interlibrary loan at no cost for students.