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Open Access Social Work: Search for Open Access Articles

Resources for PSU SSW alumni and practicing social workers in Oregon.

Resources for Finding and Accessing Open Access Articles

There are a few primary resources to search for open access articles relevant to social work: Google Scholar, ERIC, and PubMed. 

oaDOI searches by the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for an open access version of the article. You need the DOI number to search; this is usually available from the article citation. 

Google Scholar primarily searches the following: academic publisher websites, Google books, insitutional repositories and .edu sites, .gov sites

ERIC is a federally supported database of education-related articles.

PubMed is a federally supported database of health-sciences related articles, including psychology, psychiatry, and public health. PubMed Central is a subset of PubMed; PubMed Central consists of all open access articles

Search oaDOI

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches the academic, scholarly Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. If the item is freely available, you will often seen a PDF link on the right.

Search PubMed & PubMed Central

Search ERIC

Google Scholar Advanced Search

Video tutorial on the advanced search in Google Scholar, produced by North Island College, British Columbia:

PubMed Tutorial