Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Social and community services

Useful resources for social and community services


Key databases

Databases enable you to search for articles on a particular topic:

A platform for more than 40 databases, use this link to search across all of them or to select individual, or groups of, relevant databases such as:
CINAHL Complete
An extensive nursing and allied health research database.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition)
Social Work Abstracts
Provides citations and abstracts from more than 450 social work and human services journals dating back to 1965.
SocINDEX with Full Text
Full text sociology database covering social psychology, social work, marriage and family, substance abuse and violence.
Collection of online bibliographic databases, includes summaries/abstracts of journal articles on Australian political, economic, legal, social, aboriginal, health, family, technical and cultural affairs indexed in over 80 databases including:
APAIS Health: Australian public affairs information service
Coverage includes the legal, social, economic and ethical aspects of health.
Health & Society
ProQuest Central
Search multiple databases simultaneously or select individual databases. Relevant Health Science databases are:


Multidisciplinary databases

Academic Search Complete on Ebscohost A multidisciplinary database covering a range of subject areas including the sciences. Provides full text for more than 5000 journals, both scholarly and popular.

Scopus One of the world’s largest abstract and indexing database. It has 100% Medline coverage and includes index and abstract data from Embase, covering thousands of biomedical journals. It also includes the journals indexed by ScienceDirect. Science Direct is a full text science database with a strong coverage of biomedical science journals. Recommended for researchers.


Multimedia Databases

Sage Research Methods Online
A database of ebooks, articles, videos and other resources to help researchers to design and conduct research projects, understand methods, identify new methods and write up results.


Online Videos

Health and Society on Alexander Street Press
Streamed video collection covering a range of health and sociology topics, including public health and medicine, epidemiology, geronotology, nutrition and wellness, childhood development, mental health and chronic disease.


Online Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks

Selected Ebooks

DSM-5 5th edition of the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. Printed book. Call Number: 616.8907/DIA-5ed

Encyclopedia of human services and diversity (Sage)                                                                                                             

See the ebook guide for information on how to find and use ebooks or search the library system.


Selected Websites


Aged care

Alcohol and drugs

Mental health

Social work

Government portal for commonwealth services and programmes for families

Enabling a more digitally inclusive society.



  • CMY (Centre for Multicultural Youth)
  • Lawstuff Website dedicated to provide legal information to children and young people in Australia.
  • Youth Central Victorian government website for young people oering information and advice on issues like jobs, study, travel, money and events and entertainment.