Rohrbach Library: The One-Stop Shop for Social Work Research

By Jessica Serrenti

Social work majors and minors only have to look one place for all their research paper needs. The Rohrbach Library offers general and social work specific databases accessible on and off campus. When signing into a database off campus, students should use their KU login information. The general research databases cover a large variety of subjects, but can be limited to social work using keywords and filters. Students can access these databases through the links provided below or by visiting the library’s website underneath the tab “Research Tools.”

The database provides information on a large selection of topics and includes nearly 4,000 peer-reviewed journals.

ProQuest includes full-texts of many scholarly journals. Subject coverage is different from EBSCO.

This database provides full-text documents from over 5,900 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications.

JSTOR offers full-text journals in the social sciences and humanities.

The collection contains full-text coverage of nearly 1,000 newspapers including the New York Times and USA Today.

The library also offers four social work specific databases. They can be accessed through the links provided below or through the library’s website. Students can search for databases by subject, journal, or name.

This database includes more than 450 journals in all areas of the profession such as theory and practice, social issues, and social problems.

The index covers full texts of books, coverage journals, monographs, and conference papers dating from 1895 to present day.

PsycArticles provides articles on current issues in psychology dating from 1988 to present. It also includes more than 25,000 articles published by the American Psychological Assocation and related organizations.

The abstracts provide coverage of major journals in criminology from 1968 to the present and include reports from government and nongovernmental agencies.

LibGuides are another research tool students can use to find books, databases, and online sources related to their field of study. Social work LibGuides are available on the LibGuide homepage. Search by the label SWK for social work or by the librarian who created the guides. For more information on the social work LibGuides or research tools, contact librarian Sylvia Pham at

Reference librarians are also available to help find resources. Students can visit the library to talk in person or call/text their questions to a librarian at 610-683-4165.


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