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Free resources for social work alumni and other social work professionals.
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About this Guide

Current EMU students have access to many online social work resources through library subscriptions. But these resources are not available to alumni or others unless you visit the library in-person.

This guide lists free research resources that provide useful information for social work professionals. 


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Free Research Databases

Most of these resources are provided by government agencies and offer summaries of research articles and other sources, and some full-text sources (free or with cost.) Local public libraries might offer interlibrary loan services to provide copies of articles not available online.  Visit the EMU library in person to use EMU online journals and databases.

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    Information and resources on child welfare topic including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. Many resources are available online for free. The Child Welfare Information Gateway is provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families.
  • Cochrane Summaries
    Free summaries of systematic reviews in human health care and health policy, including mental health, addiction, and behavioral treatments.
  • ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)
    ERIC focuses on education and children and also includes information from some social work journals. Resources include journal articles, papers, and other research reports, with some available in full-text. ERIC is also available in-person at the EMU library, with links to EMU full-text online journals.
  • Esearch
    Alumni can continue to search Esearch after graduating, but won't be able to use the library's links to full text articles.
  • Google Scholar
    Scholarly articles, books, research reports, theses, working papers, cited sources. Some sources are available free online, others are not.
  • Information on Drugs and Alcohol
    Over 100,000 summaries and full-text articles about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental health, social marketing and health communication issues. Provided by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics; it was previously developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • MeL Databases
    MeL Databases are available online to all Michigan residents. They include some professional and academic journals. Try: Academic OneFile, Health Reference Center Academic and ERIC for searching topics related to social work practice. Some articles are available as full-text.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Database
    NCJRS includes summaries of more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources.
    A few are available online, others you can order from NCJRS.
  • NREPP: SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
    A searchable online registry of more than 330 substance abuse and mental health interventions.
  • PubMed
    References for scholarly and professional articles in the health sciences and life sciences, some links to full-text.
  • SAMHSA Guide To Evidence-Based Practices on The Web
    Lists web sites that contain information about interventions to prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA selects web sites with information about specific evidence-based practices or that provide comprehensive reviews of research findings.

Systematic Reviews

Systematic reviews summarize the best available primary research on a specific question. Learn more:  What is a systematic review?

  • Cochrane Summaries
    Free summaries of systematic reviews in human health care and health policy, including mental health, addiction, and behavioral treatments.
  • Campbell Collaboration Library
    Selected systematic reviews related to education, crime and justice, social welfare, and other topics.

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