The databases below cover specific subjects. Select the database based on your topic. Look at the database descriptions to help you. For example, PsycINFO, which covers mental and behavioral health, would be good for articles about interventions or depression. Topics pertaining to education, try ERIC and topics about older adults, try AgeLine.
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.
What is a Peer-Reviewed Article?
Peer-reviewed articles are written by experts and researchers who want to share their research with others in the field.
How do you find Peer-Reviewed articles?
Search online databases and scholarly journals. Read the database description to determine if it includes peer-reviewed articles. Many databases include options to limit your results to peer-reviewed articles.
Ulrich's Periodical Directory will tell you if a journal is peer-reviewed (refereed). Type in the journal's name and look in the "Refereed" field.
Search USC Digital Library or the database ProQuest Theses & Dissertations to find USC dissertations.
If you have trouble locating a dissertation, please contact the USC Digital Library via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The database ProQuest Theses & Dissertations is also a good source for locating digitized dissertations produced at other universities in the United States.
In addition, more and more universities no longer require students to deposit their dissertations with ProQuest so you may want to search for an university's institutional repository via Google and search within that digital collection for a particular publication.