Social Work: Social Services Abstracts

Core Database for Social Work

Keyword Searching in Social Services Abstracts

This very short tutorial from Humboldt State Library demonstrates performing a keyword search in Social Services Abstracts. 

Searching in Social Services Abstracts

  • Quotation marks searches the database for those words together as a term, such as "minimum wage".
  • An asterisk (*) searches the database for that word plus any variants of the root word. For example, work* will search for work, worker, workforce, and workplace. 
  • Use the OR search fields to search for synonyms, such as "poor" OR "poverty".
  • Use the limits to filter for a particular source type, such as "scholarly journals".