Bibliographic databases for social care searching

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Clapton, Janet
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 July 2010
Knowledge and research report; 34
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Searching for literature on social care topics is challenging even for a search specialist. There are many potentially relevant sources across fields such as social science, health, criminal justice, and housing, and no single source contains all the relevant material. The main aim of this work is to help information professionals and researchers make an informed choice of databases when planning searches on social care topics. In light of lack of previous evidence, this study adds significantly to what is known about the relevance and coverage of social care databases, particularly on children’s social care topics.