Contains records from more than 450 journal in the fields of social work
and human services from
1977 to present. Coverage includes theory and practice, areas of service,
social issues,and social
problems. Also includes The Register of Clinical Social Workers,
a searchable directory of
clinical social workers in the United States. Access Social
Work Abstracts Plus from the Ely Library Home
page at: http://www.lib.wsc.ma.edu/index.html, under Quick
Links to Databases. Once on the Database Selection Page, click in the
one of the boxes next to Social Work Abstracts Plus and click on
at the bottom of the list.
Multiple terms combined with operators: adolescents or teenagers
or young adults
Any of the above, grouped with parentheses for clarity: (dog
or 1) near puppy
Combining Previous Searches:
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in this system. To do so,
Scroll down to see Search History, the complete list
of searches already done.
Click beside the searches you want combined, keeping in mind
that any search with a small number of results will come out even smaller
(often "0") when combined with other terms.
Make sure to RESET Checked Boxes each time you do this.
Limit Fields in Social Work
Source (SO) (This is easiest to do from the basic search
Publication Year (PY)
NOTE: For more information on these limit options, see the
online HELP file under "List of Fields"
Using Limit Fields
in Your Search
How To Find...
...records for journal articles on family therapy
...records for articles from a particular journal e.g. Contemporary Family Therapy
contemporary family therapy IN SO
...materials on family therapy published after 1994
family therapy AND py=1995-
NOTE: Both Upper or Lower case will work.
Social Work Abstracts Plus covers only Journal Articles.
The Index feature allows you to find out if a word or name is in the database,
and if so, how to spell it correctly. Click on the Index
at the top of your screen. Enter your search term in the search box
and click display. Following your word when it appears in
the list will be a number in parentheses. This represents the number
of records containing that term. Bring it to the Search screen by
clicking on the term. This is a good way to locate an author's name.
Note:Social Work Abstracts Plus does not have an online
The Results page allows you to mark, print, save, and
mail the records retrieved by the current search. In this database, terms
of certain fields are linked. If you click on a linked term, WebSPIRS searches
for the term.
To mark records:
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1 of 235, for any record that you want to mark.
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or bottom of screen). WebSPIRS displays the first ten marked records.
To print records:
After marking records of interest, click the Print button
in the citation screen [CAUTION: Do Not Use the Netscape Print Feature
yet, as this may log you out of the database]. WebSPIRS displays the Print
Records page, which allows you to select and format records for printing.
Click Display for Print. At the next screen, go to your browser's
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Click the Save button in the citation screen.
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Click Change Display to determine how field names
are displayed, how records are sorted, and which fields are displayed.
Click Previous 10 or Next 10 to display
the previous or next ten records.Descriptors:For subjects you might find helpful to use in another
search, look for the DE (Descriptor) field.
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click on the HELP button at the top or bottom of your screen. There
you will find information about the specific task you are performing, as
well as links to Help Contents at the bottom of the screen. Help
is also available at the Reference Desk.
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