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Key Article Databases for Social Workers

  • Social Work Abstracts (EBSCO)Coverage: 1977-
    Databases A-Z  
    UNI Index/Abstract HV 1 A2 Library has: 1965-1993
    Indexes and summarizes articles about social work theory, research, and practice appearing in over 400 social work and social welfare journals. International in scope; published by the National Association of Social Workers
  • Social Services Abstracts (CSA)Coverage: 1979-
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    Indexes and abstracts articles from 1,300 journals on human services, social work, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.  Also included are abstracts of dissertations and citations to book reviews.
  • PsycINFO (EBSCO)
    Databases A-Z
    Access to articles, book chapters, and dissertations in psychology.  Prepared by the American Psychological Association.  Indexes over 2,000 journals.
    Databases A-Z
    Subset of listings in PsycINFO.  Provides full text of 63 journals published by the American Psychological Assocation.

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Government Documents

  • UNISTAR (Rod Library’s online catalog)
    Click on Books and Other Materials (UNISTAR)
    Advanced Search
    Look for the Location window
    Click on dropdown arrow and select UNI Docs
  • Federal government documents are classified by SuDoc number
    The beginning segment of the call number designates agency
    C3: Census Bureau
    ED: Dept of Education
    HE: Dept of Health and Human Services
    HH: Dept of Housing and Urban Development
    X, Y: Congress
    Y4: Congressional Committees
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
  • For access to additional federal government sources, to Iowa and other state sources, to international government sources, access the UNI Documents & Maps Web page at

Searching for Dissertations

  • Dissertations and Theses: A&I (ProQuest)
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    Indexes doctoral dissertations and masters theses from over 1,000 accredited colleges and universities in North America and Europe.  Citations for dissertations and theses are available from 1861 to the present.  Abstracts are available from 1980 to the present for dissertations, and from 1988 to the present for masters theses.  Many titles after 1997 have free 24 page previews available. (Previously published as Dissertation Abstracts International and as Dissertation Abstracts  at UNI Index/Abstract Z 5053 D57.)
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
    Databases A-Z
    A searchable database of doctoral dissertations and masters theses.  An initiative of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), UMI, Virginia Tech University, and other interested organizations.
  • Dissertations & Theses @ University of Northern Iowa  (ProQuest)
    Databases A-Z  
    Contains citations and abstracts of dissertations and theses submitted by the University of Northern Iowa and published in ProQuest’s  Dissertations and Theses database; UNI users may download the full text of most of the dissertations earned at UNI from 1997 forward. (A few students have elected not to have the fulltext of their dissertations or theses included, however.)

Citation Manuals & Writing Guides

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
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    The guide to the bibliographic citation style most frequently used in scholarly psychology publications. In addition, the Manual presents the explicit requirements of the APA writing/editorial style (including guidelines for punctuation, spelling, capitalization, headings, tables, and figures), guidelines for avoiding sexist language and plagiarism, and the content and organization of a manuscript.
  • APA Style Help
    Prepared by experts at the American Psychological Association, these Web pages provide guidance for writing a paper in APA style and for referencing information sources using the APA citation format.  Consult the Frequently Asked Questions section for examples and explanations of commonly cited types of electronic and print resoruces.  Also available is an online tutorial about the basics of APA style.
  • APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL Materials, Purdue University)
    This resource, revised to conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), provides additional interpretations and examples to help you apply the APA style.  Written by Neyhart and Karper, with the most recent editing by Brizee, this guide is part of Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab) series.  Since the APA citation guidelines change, be sure to check the sources developed by the American Psychological Association itself to be sure you are using the most recent guidelines.

Subject Guides
Consult the following Subject Guides for information about authoritative encyclopedias, biographical sources, additional databases, and other information resources of interest to those doing psychological research:

Subject Guides for other disciplines are available at:

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