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This Subject Guide brings together important research resources for Social Work. These include article databases & journals, major reference works, and other key sources.

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Engaged Social Science, or eSocSci, is New Zealand’s Social Science Networking Hub.

eSocSci connects New Zealand social scientists and their ideas across all disciplines, sectors and locations. The website uses academic blogging, networks, online seminars and econferences to facilitate this.

Membership is free

Looking for Academic Literature?

Below are the four best places to start searching for academic literature on your topic.  Explore the tabs along the top for even more options.

Feature Resource: Sage Research Methods

Getting Started with Your Research

Do you know which method you want to use to answer your research question?

Search relevant books, book chapters, dictionary and encyclopedia entries, videos, or journal articles from over 175,000 pages of renowned SAGE content in research methods.

Not sure which method to use in your research?

Use the Methods Map to discover new methods or discover relationships between methods, and then link to related content.


Watch this video overview by Sage to learn more about SAGE Research Methods.
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Books on Prescription

Southern PHO and participating public libraries in the Otago, Central, Waitaki and Southland areas have joined together to offer the Books on Prescription programme.

GPs or other health professional in the programme may prescribe a book to a patient that addresses a particular problem. The patient then borrows the book from their local library. Students may encounter the scheme while on clinical placement in the community.

The University of Otago Health Sciences Library holds a collection of these books for the teaching, learning and wellbeing of staff and students.

Find out more about our Books on Prescription collection.

Liaison Librarian / Kaitiaki Pukapuka

Shiobhan Smith

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