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Social Work - Free Research Sources

Free resources for social work alumni and other social work professionals.

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. 

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.

Search Public Policy Groups & Think Tanks

Think tanks and other public policy groups are non-profit research organizations focused on public policy analysis and research. They often publish useful reports on public policy issues. These groups may take political positions and advocate for particular solutions.

Harvard's think tank search provides a custom Google search of over 400 U.S. and non-U.S. think tanks:

Systematic Reviews

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

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Social Work Librarian

Guide created by Sara Memmott, Social Work Librarian.

Contact me: or 734-487-2511