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Social Policy, Social & Political Sciences and Social Work (School for Business and Society)

Find resources

Welcome to your online guide to library resources for the School for Business and Society - Social Policy, Social & Political Sciences and Social Work

Choosing the right resources

You are expected to find and use high-quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors.

This page shows you the best resources to use, along with some guidance about how to make the most from your searches.

Finding books


The main print book collections for SBS are located on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library. For example, you will find resources for Social Policy in the DA section or books for Politics in the H section. Relevant materials are found, however, in many sections of the Library - always use YorSearch to find what you need.

Lots of our books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View Online section of each book.

Finding journals

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch. Search for the title of the journal you need.

The majority of the Library's journals are available online. Click on View Online to see the full-text journal online if available. Electronic access may be offered by more than one link so check which years are available. Click on the link to get to the full-text journal.

Screenshot of Social Policy and Society in YorSearch

You can also browse our electronic journals, flick through issues and see Tables of Contents using BrowZine.

Expand your reading choices

Reading Lists

BooksFor each module you take, you will find at least one reading list on the Yorkshare VLE. Many reading lists are made available on Yorkshare using the Library's online Reading Lists system, which links directly to the library catalogue records for items in the Library's collections, plus e-books, e-journal articles and other Web resources.

Further recommendations may be provided in module guides, or during lectures or seminars.  You can search YorSearch to find the item you need, using the author's name and/or title keywords.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

If you're new to a topic and want some ideas about where to start, Oxford Bibliographies Online might help. It provides introductory essays and suggested reading for either Criminology or Social Work, presented in articles on specific topics.

Using newspapers

NewspapersThe Library has an extensive collection of printed, microfilm and electronic UK and international newspapers.

Nexis UK is a specialist database providing access to the full-text of thousands of news sources, including UK daily and regional newspapers.


Shelves and PCsTo start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

The resources below will help you to get started - choose the relevant section for your programme.

You'll find our full range of databases through the E-resources Guide.

Resources for all subjects
Additional resources for Social Policy
Additional resources for Social Work
Additional resources for Criminology

You might also like to explore the Criminology Subject Guide.

Additional resources for Politics

You might also like to explore the Politics Subject Guide.

Additional resources for Sociology

You might also like to explore the Sociology Subject Guide.

Legal resources

Explore the Law Subject Guide for further legal resources.

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on demand TV and radio service for education. You can record and access an extensive archive from 65 free-to-air channels, create clips from programmes and compile playlists. See what you can discover today!

Finding statistics and data

Bar chartThe Library subscribes to a range of sources of statistics and data, which are provided on the E-resources Guide Datasets and Statistics list.

Some key sources are listed below:

Skills Guides

Find videos, interactive tutorials, workbooks and links to specific help for developing your digital and information searching skills:

Using YorSearch

YorSearch is the place to look for books, journals, and other materials held by the Library.

Looking beyond your reading list...

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