A large number and wide variety of general internet search engines exist. A small selection of these is provided below. When searching for information on the Internet using a Search Engine, it is always a good idea to use the same search terms across a number of different search engines. Each works differently and the results delivered from the same search on each are usually different as well.
A large number of ‘specialist’ search engines have also been designed usually to assist in searching for information on a given subject or specialism. A number of these are included below where they are relevant to the Social Work and Social Care disciplines.
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) USA
ERIC is an abbreviation for Educational Resources Information Center. ERIC is a widely searched education database used by millions of researchers, students, faculty, librarians, and others searching for education research.
This one-stop online resource provides policymakers with an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses.
The UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work
Social Work Search has been online since 1996 providing a number of free services to the Social Work and related professions. Social Work Search is also the largest online database of Social Work and related field websites.