This research guide is designed to help social work students find state and federal legislation, documents, and contextual materials regarding contemporary social welfare issues. Be sure also to check the Public Policy and Legislative Research (United States) research guides, located in the Public Policy category.
This is a selection of social work, sociology, and newspaper databases to begin researching the background information for your social problem and policy issue, whether at the local, state, or national level. Depending on your specific issue, you will want to search additional subject databases, such as ERIC for education topics, Criminal Justice Abstracts and National Criminal Justice Reference Service for criminology, or MEDLINE for health issues. Check the relevant category in "Database and Article Search" for a list of recommended databases for that particular subject area.