Social Work library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te tauwhiro hapori

Learn where to start your research in social work.

Article databases

Search these databases for the articles you need in your study or research.


Searches selected article databases simultaneously. Databases include Academic Search Premier, PsycINFO, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus. Good starting point for undergraduates.

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Excellent coverage of multidisciplinary topics in scholarly journals.

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Social Work Toolkit

A collection of resources including expert opinions, case studies, book chapters, summary sheets, and audio and video clips.

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Social Services Abstracts

Specialist database for social work and social policy. Not included in Discover.

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Google Scholar

Google’s academic search. Excellent coverage of scholarly journals and good for New Zealand topics.

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Academic Search Premier

Multidisciplinary database of scholarly and popular literature with good coverage of social work topics. Good starting point, particularly for undergraduates.

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Index New Zealand

Covers social work and other related disciplines from journals published in New Zealand. Limited direct access to full-text content.

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Full-text coverage of most New Zealand newspapers and selected magazines. Also searches Scoop (New Zealand government and other press releases) and Index New Zealand.

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Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

A good general source of information on Australian and New Zealand topics.

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PINI: Pacific Islands News & Information Database

Full-text coverage of selected South Pacific newspapers and magazines.  Includes Pacific Scoop (press releases).

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Specialist database covering the behavioural sciences and mental health aspects of social work practice.

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Sociological Abstracts

Scholarly international coverage of sociology and related disciplines.

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Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Books and ebooks

Find books and ebooks.

Search Discover

Search to find Library books, journals, DVDs & other material.

Search Libraries Worldwide

For postgraduate students and staff to find and request books that are not held by any Massey University Library.

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Google Books

A huge range of part- and full-view online books. Useful for identifying material to request from Discover, if not available in full view.


Massey University Social Work Theses

Find theses and research reports

Locate Massey, New Zealand and international theses.

New Zealand organisations and government information

Find professional, government and legal information.


Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)
ANZASW is the professional association for Social Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB)
A Crown agency that provides public assurance that registered social workers: (a) meet professional standards of competent practice, (b) are accountable for the way in which they practise, and (c) undertake ongoing professional development.

Government information

Directory of Official Information
Older copies of the Directory are available in print.

New Zealand Government
Guide to government services. Includes Government A-Z information for all government departments and organisations.

Ministry of Social Development
Government information about social welfare and social services.

New Zealand Parliament
Parliament's homepage. Includes information about legislation, select committees, Hansard, oral questions and written questions.

New Zealand Parliament: Electorate Profiles
Includes election results, statistics about people, households and industries, deprivation statistics, and maps for the seven Māori electorates and the 64 general electorates in New Zealand.

Westlaw NZ Legal Databases
Full-text libraries spanning many areas of law in New Zealand including bills, acts, regulations, and case law; and includes family law. Click on Sign in by IP Access from the Westlaw NZ homepage. About this resource

More information

Find background, concepts, documentaries and research methods.

Background information

Search for a comprehensive overview of a topic.

ScienceDirect Reference Works
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Concepts and definitions

Dictionary of Social Work
Defines terminology, concepts and policies relating to key terms and discusses implications for social work and and social care. Use Firefox or Chrome for best display.


Counseling and Therapy in Video
Videos of counselling sessions that may be useful for some areas of social work practice. About this resource

Recorded television programmes from New Zealand and selected international channels. Good background for current and professional issues. About this resource

Research methods

SAGE Research Methods
Full-text content from books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, journals, and videos. About this resource

Search Discover for material on research methods in the social sciences

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