Books can provide:
...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage targeted at the layperson.
Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.
How can you tell if a book is academic (scholarly)?
The Library Catalogue is the best place to begin your search for relevant books.
The Library continually purchases books to support all disciplines and research areas. Many of these are available online.
Catalogue search tips:
Other sources for books:
To determine if a book is scholarly, look:
Reports are the written documentation of an individual or group, which usually describes their findings or research. Reports may be published by individuals, government organisations or non-government organisations (NGOs).
Report types include:
While the UniSA Library collection includes some reports, there are better search tools available to help you locate these.
The websites of government departments, institutes, clearinghouses, professional associations and other organisations can be an excellent source of information.
Some databases (such as AIATSIS - Indigenous Studies Bibliography (via Informit)) include records for reports. You may be able to limit your search to reports.
This collection was established by the UniSA School of Social Work and Social Policy. It includes material gathered from researchers at the three South Australian universities and many social work agencies, including histories of several longstanding agencies.
The collection includes personal work items, anecdotes, diaries, lecture notes, publications, agency reports, photos and published items from a range of sources.
The collection is located in the Sir Eric Neal Library at Mawson Lakes campus. A listing of items in this collection is available in the UniSA Archival Collections. Please contact the Manager, Academic Library Services (EASS) for access to this collection or further information.
Journals enable you to keep up to date with the latest - research, trends, events, conferences, projects, theories...and to gain an historical perspective by accessing material published in previous decades.
Journal articles usually focus on a very specific aspect of a topic, and may be the only source of information on that aspect.
UniSA Library subscribes to thousands of journals on behalf of UniSA students and researchers. Most are available as fulltext online from your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
The Library Catalogue lets you search inside many journals, but does not cover all relevant publications. It also covers every discipline. If you're looking for something specific to a discipline, it can be faster to go straight to an appropriate database.
Catalogue search tips:
Databases help you to find publications (e.g. journal and newspaper articles, conference papers, book chapters) by a particular author, from a specific publication or on a topic.
They can provide either the full text to a publication or the reference and abstract only.
These databases will help you locate material relevant to Social Work:
These are a few journals with articles relevant to study and research in social work and human services. There are many more!
Access full text online by selecting these links.
It is important to evaluate the articles that you find.
At University there is the expectation that you will use scholarly material to support your arguments. You may be asked to use peer reviewed journal articles. To check if an article is peer reviewed (refereed) use the database Ulrichsweb global serials directory.
For further help see:
Be alerted to the latest articles published by a specific journal, or on a specific topic. For more on how to set these up see alerts.
Latest articles from Australian Social Work
There are many possible sources of statistics including statistical publications from organisations such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in addition to articles, reports, books and papers by other authors.
If you need current statistics, look for the latest sources - published material may cite data that is several years old.
If you are searching a collection including a range of material, you could try adding the keyword statistics or phrase statistical data to your search e.g. statistics "binge drinking" violence
Conference papers are the written version of presentations given at conferences or meetings of professional/scholarly bodies and organisations.
Papers are generally reviewed by peers and collected together by the editors before being made available through conference proceedings.
Conference papers can be a great way to find up to date information, research trends and innovations on a specific topic. Researchers often present their research findings first at conferences.
There is no single search tool that comprehensively lists conference papers and proceedings. You may be able to discover references to these (and sometimes the full text as well) via:
When searching for conference papers and proceedings:
Find the exact title of a conference proceeding/paper report by typing the title into the search box e.g. "Building community capacity: removing the barriers" - use double quotes for phrases
You can use type or format limits (if available) to limit your results to conference proceedings (but this may miss papers published in other formats, such as books or journal articles)
Alternatively include the terms conference and/or proceedings in your search, combined with keywords such as organisation name, other words from the conference title or discipline terms e.g.
Search on variations e.g. theme titles, acronyms and full names of conferences/organisations e.g.
conference (aasw OR "australian association of social workers")
(2010 AND "cultural studies association of australasia") or "scholarly affair"
Conference papers often form the basis for journal articles, so you might find a similarly themed article by a conference paper author.