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Applied Social Care: Journals

A guide for students of Social Care

About Journals

A Journal is a scholarly publication or academic magazine usually published at regular intervals eg. monthly, quarterly etc. They provide relevant, up to date information on a topic.

Peer Reviewed or Scholarly journals

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When an article is Peer-Reviewed, the editors of the journal send it to experts in the relevant field; e.g., an article about Social Care would go to other lecturers and researchers in the area.  These experts provide feedback (about the quality of research and presentation of findings, and more) and may recommend changes. This ensures that the articles that are published in academic journals have scholastic merit and contribute to the overall research in that field.

Journals for students of Social Care

The library has many journals in the area of Social Care.  They are available in electronic format only, mostly from library subscription databases.  Some scholarly journals in your area:

Community, Work and Family provides a forum for social scientists & practitioners to share experiences & ideas & to debate current issues.

Health and Social Care in the Community  aims at a multidisciplinary approach recognizing the common ground between health and social care in the community.

The Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies was founded in 1998 and is published by Social Care Ireland. IJASS is a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the comprehensive and well-renowned open-access directory. IJASS meets the range of DOAJ selection criteria based on scholarly research coverage and peer-review quality control.

International Journal of Integrated Care  focuses on integrated care, including the methods & strategies for linking & coordinating the various aspects of care delivered by different care systems.

Irish Journal of Sociology is aimed at academics, researchers & students, at non-academic sociologists & at members of the general public who are interested in sociology


Miscellaneous journals of interest:

Online Journal of the International Child and Youth Care Network

European Journal of Social Education

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care


What if the library does not have the journal article you need?

  • Try searching Google Scholar by using the significant words or a phrase from the title of the article combined with the last name of the author.
  • You may also try searching for the title of the journal using quotations. This will often lead to the publisher's Web site. Browse the site to see if the article you need is freely available. Some publishers allow access to older articles without subscription.
  • If the Library doesn't provide access to the journal, you can request a copy through the Inter library loan service.
  • You can go to another library that has a printed version of your article and photocopy it yourself, local libraries include NUIG or the County libraries.

Finding Journals

Finding a journal title is different to finding a journal article.

Each journal title has a number of individual journal articles in each issue.

To find a journal title online search through SEARCH + FIND or browse our e-journals portal.

To search for various journal articles key your search terms in to Search + Find and then refine your search where necessary.

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