Free Web Databases
This is a selected list of databases on the web of interest to social workers. There is generally no charge for accessing the databases, although some databases may require the user to select a password or provide other identifying information.
[Formerly: Literature of the Nonprofit Sector] “The Catalog of Nonprofit Literature is a searchable database of the literature of philanthropy. It incorporates the unique contents of the Foundation Center’s five libraries and contains more than 25,000 full bibliographic citations, of which more than 17,000 have descriptive abstracts. It is updated daily.”–Website. Items included are relevant books, articles, and non-print resources such as CD-Rom and audiovisual materials. Roughly 67% of the citations have abstracts. [Note: Under the former title it began as a printed abstract service. Hard copy available in the Harris Library.]
The Educational Resources Information Center is a federally-funded national information system for a broad range of education-related issues.
On October 1, 2004, the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) began offering free, full-text, non-journal ERIC resources. These materials include more than 107,000 full-text documents which were previously available through fee-based services only. This material is now available through the OhioLINK Research Databases. The full-text is only available for ERIC documents with dates of 1993 or later. New ERIC documents produced from now on will be only in electronic format. ERIC documents produced prior to 1993 are still available only in microfiche.
This Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database is produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It contains over 100,000 records on alcohol and alcoholism.
Produced by Indiana University this database indexes material concerning topics and issues relevant to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, which are published in both popular and scholarly journals. Coverage is from 1940 to the present. Since 2003 other materials such as dissertations, working papers, websites, and other information have been added to the database. While there, check out the rest of the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library website.
Direct link to the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database that allows you to access over 11 million medical citations.
This database “provides a comprehensive, sophisticated resource for anyone comparing cash assistance programs between states, researching changes in cash assistance rules within a single state, or simply looking for the most up-to-date information on the rules governing cash assistance in one state.”–Website.