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Social Work: Social Work Journals/Dissertations/Theses

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Top Social Work Journals

Generally the most effective way to search for a topic is by using databases, however, sometimes you may want to look at a specific journal.  Following is a list of some of the top rated journals in Social Work, according to the 2012 JCR, Journal Citation Reports.  These are ranked by "impact factor," a measure of their influence in the discipline. While the JCR rankings may be somewhat controversial, they are nonetheless, a well-known standard in academia.

Trauma, Violence and Abuse

Child Maltreatment

Child Abuse & Neglect

American Journal of Community Psychology

British Journal of Social Work

Social Service Review

Health & Social Work

Family Relations

Children & Youth Services Review

There are many,many more Social Work journals available from the MU Libraries.  Use databases to identify articles from journals on a specific topic, or if you have a journal title in mind, click on Journal Finder from the libraries' home page.


Dissertations & Masters Theses

If you are beginning work on your Masters thesis or Doctoral dissertation, you may want to look at others that have been completed, both here at MU and at other universities.  It is sometimes helpful to get ideas about organization and see what a finished product looks like. You can also take advantage of the literature review and other information if it is on a similar topic to yours.

Click here for an extensive guide to MU and non-MU theses and dissertations and the various options you have for getting copies.