Subject – Social sciences key resources

Subject Specific Resource Lists

 Follow the links below to access lists of useful resources for each subject:

Criminology/Criminal Justice/invesitgation/Policing

Community & Youth Work

Childhood Studies/Childhood and Society Studies

Health & Social Care

Inequality and Society

Social Work


Below you’ll find a list of generic key subject resources for Social Sciences. You can access all of these resources and more via Discover on the Library Website. Remember to log in to Discover first with your University user ID and password for full access.

Key subject resources

A digital collection of British historic newspapers. Also includes specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars to aid with perspective and analysis.

Available via Library Search – CINAHL Ultimate with Full Text offers a comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 600 journals indexed in CINAHL Ultimate. This authoritative file contains full text for many journals relevant to students and practitioners in the field of Health & Social Care.

Cite Them Right will help you to reference just about any source, and understand how to avoid plagiarism.

Child Development & Adolescent Studies, produced by NISC, is today’s source for references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed. More than 342,000 records are included with over 10,000 new records added each year.

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Community Care Inform Children is an online resource that enables professionals working with children and young people make, and evidence their decisions.  It is a trusted, essential resource that saves time, improves quality and supports learning.

If you are off campus simply click the log in at the top of the screen and select “Sign in via Shibboleth” then select University of Sunderland from the drop down list.  You will then be prompted to enter your University ID and password.

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Iriss produces Insights research reports which cover issues in Community and Youth Work, Health and Social Care and Social Work.

The reports are evidence based and geared to support social services in Scotland.  They are equally of interest to social services in England. They advise on how the evidence can support social services.

Experts in the field and policy review each report to test the quality of the evidence so it meets the needs of social services.

Each report is available in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats

The John Johnson Collection offers an archive of items selected from of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is a British social policy research and development charity, that funds UK-wide research and development programs seeking to understand the root causes of social problems, and how social needs can be met in practice.  The charity produces informative and topical research reports on cities towns and neighborhoods, housing, income and benefits, people, society and work.

JSTOR provides access to the highest-quality academic journals, books, and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Access legal journals or articles that cover criminology, child protection, family and other issues in social work and health and social care.

Global Newsstream gives access to full text UK and international newspapers and some video and audio news.

The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.

Houses research publications and data from European countries and covers subject areas like childhood development, community and youth work, criminology, early years education, health and social care, social work and sociology.

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Sage Journals gives you access to full-text articles from journals in the social sciences.

The Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR) offers steadily growing holdings of freely available, full-text social science documents.

Social Science Space  brings social scientists together to explore, share and shape the big issues in social science, from funding to impact. This online social network features blogs with the most current thinking from key players in social science, a forum for discussions, a resource center with free videos, reports and slides that support these discussions, as well as funding and job opportunity notices.

SocINDEX with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers.


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