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European information sources for social care

  1. 1. European Information Sources forSocial CareJulie RobinsonProject Information OfficerSocial Care institute for Excellence
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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).
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. Themes Principal academic centres Organisations Databases Portals Key journals
  8. 8. Resources selected Online Free English language Substantial Full text
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Good news- Social Care Online
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Searching ideas Dig deeper Consider high level overviews Think Nordic Use national library catalogues Consider searching on journal title(s)
  13. 13. Contact detailsJulie Robinsonjulie.robinson@scie.org.uk

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