Social Work - Free Research Sources

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

About this Guide

Current EMU students have access to many online 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 who are not currently EMU students.

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.

Data & Statistics

Search Public Policy Groups & Think Tanks

Find think tanks by topic:

Learn about how think tanks work and their biases:

Systematic Reviews

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


Guide created by Sara Memmott, Social Work Librarian.

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Library of Michigan Databases

Apply online for a Library of Michigan card and get access to their newspaper, history, and other databases. All Michigan residents and also out-of-state students enrolled in a Michigan college or university are eligible.

Library of Michigan