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Searching the Literature
The resources on this page are recommended for when you need to find evidence-based research literature and other types of articles for literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and other projects. You'll also find search and evaluation strategies to help you find the best articles for your topic.
Interactive APA PsycINFO tutorial
Databases for Social Work
Recommended Databases for Social Work
A comprehensive international database of psychology covering over 1,900 leading psychological, psychiatric, and related publications. These publications include academic, research and practice literature.
SocINDEX with Full Text
The world's most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database; provides comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study, and includes over 10,000 author profiles.
Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), users can search this collection of full-text, peer-reviewed articles by psychology-related categories including methodologies, classification codes, and population groups.
Search more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central, publishers, and the Simmons Library Article Now! button.
This will take you to a list of Simmons Databases, organized alphabetically or by topic.
Did you know?
Resources like Web of Science and Google Scholar will show you cited and citing references for any article you find in them.
Link Google Scholar to Simmons Library Resources
Google works with libraries to determine which journals and papers they've subscribed to electronically, and then links to articles from those sources when they're available. Once you configure the Library Links settings in Google Scholar, links to the full text of articles will display in your Google Scholar results when they are available through Simmons Library.
Use Google Scholar From On-Campus
To make these links appear, just access Google Scholar from any Simmons computer and the links will automatically be included.
Configure Google Scholar From Off-Campus
- Click on Settings link in the upper right corner of Google Scholar.
- Choose "Library Links" on the left, type Simmons University and click the "Search" button.
- If prompted, check "Simmons University - Check Simmons Full Text" from the list of results.
- Click the blue "Save" button.
- Start searching Google Scholar with links to our library's resources (you may need to log in to access these resources).
- A good way to start a search.
- The important concepts in your own words.
- Found anywhere in the article (title, author, subject terms, etc.).
- Very flexible.
- Join similar ideas or alternate term with "OR."
- Link different parts of your topic with "AND."
- Exclude concepts with "NOT."
Limit to Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly articles...
- This is part of the publication & editorial process for academic and research journals.
- Being peer-reviewed is a sign that a paper's author(s) have done a certain level of due diligence in their work and their research is complete, manages conflicts-of-interest, and is fair and objective.
Narrow the Date Range...
- When looking for Current Research or Evidence-Based Practices limit your date range to the last 3-5 years.
Still not finding anything? Ask a Librarian!
PDF vs. Find Full-Text
When you're looking at search results in a database you're going to see a few different ways to get to the full article, usually either...
Both of these will take you to the article!
Click the Find Full-Text button and a new tab or window will open. In this tab, your article will load automatically. You will also see a YELLOW ribbon with a link saying "Go To Full Text Finder Results"--click the link if the article doesn't load on its own.