European Information Sources forSocial CareJulie RobinsonProject Information OfficerSocial Care institute for Excellence
Overview Brief definitions – social care and SCIE The European social care resource Problems searching social care information Some possible solutions Over to you - questions and comments
What is social care?“People who have physical or psychological problems often require practical help coping with the everyday business of living. Social care workers provide this practical support.” (Department of Health 2009).
Social care in numbers 2.8 million people in the UK receive some form of social care 1.5 million people work in social care Over 36,000 employers Bigger than the NHS
What is the Social Care Institute forExcellence? Independent Charity set up by Department of Health in 2001 SCIE identifies and disseminates the knowledge base for good practice in all aspects of social care throughout the United Kingdom. www.scie.org.uk
The European social care resource Mind Map –clickable links to online information sources Word document- describes and comments on the information sources listed in the mind map (plus URL)
Themes Principal academic centres Organisations Databases Portals Key journals
Resources selected Online Free English language Substantial Full text
Why searching social care literaturecan be challenging... Diverse and widely spread over a range of databases Grey or fugitive literature Language often vague and fast-changing US bias in the larger commercial databases
Social Care Online UKs most extensive free database of social care information subject coverage -very wide ranging over 110,000 abstracted records Grey literature UK is the main focus, but does include information on many countries, especially comparative studies, which include the UK.
Searching ideas Dig deeper Consider high level overviews Think Nordic Use national library catalogues Consider searching on journal title(s)