Getting Started

Purpose of this guide

This guide is designed to help provide you with subject support identifying the most useful resources for students within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. Use the top menu options for more guidance on resources particularly recommended for your subject.

Getting Started using the Library

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your online reading list and LibrarySearch

Researching for Assignments

For assignments you will need to go beyond your reading list and do your own independent research. The Library subscribes to a number of subject databases helping you to find academic books and journal articles on your chosen topic.

Link to Social Policy

Link to Social Research

Link to Sociology

Link to Criminology

Link to Social work

General databases such as Scopus, IBSS and Web of Science are also useful places to search as well as Google Scholar.

Specialist Resources

As well as traditional academic sources you may want to include other information sources such as government documents, newspaper articles, personal accounts and data. Our research skill module will help you identify different types of information, when these might be useful and where to search.