Social Justice in Social Work: Find Scholarly Sources

This research guide provides recommended scholarly and popular resources that address social justice in social work practice and education. It not only covers issues that affect social workers and their clients, but serves as a resource for current and fu

What are scholarly sources?

Scholarly sources are typically publications that have been reviewed by experts within that field before publication. These can include, books, and peer-reviewed journal articles. The resources on this page provide access to scholarly materials. Both scholarly and popular sources are useful when doing research. While scholarly sources are not perfect, the extensive publication process includes many steps for verifying facts, and identifying conflicts of interest which is important for social work practice and education. 

Recommended Databases

Social Work Scholarly Journals

Look up the top ranked journals in Social Work according to Web of Science Journal Citation Reports 

In the database, Journal Citation Reports - select Browse Categories. Then select the tab Journal Ranks, and use the filters on the left to select the subject. 

The selected journals below include scholarly, peer-reviewed social work research. You can access other journals on the USC Libraries website by using the Journals search. Under FIND, select Journals. 

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