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Systematically identifying relevant research: Case study on child protection social workers’ resilience

McFadden, Paula, Taylor, Brian J, Campbell, Anne and McQuilkin, Janice (2012) Systematically identifying relevant research: Case study on child protection social workers’ resilience. Research on Social Work Practice, 22 (6). pp. 626-636. [Journal article]

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URL: http://rsw.sagepub.com/content/22/6/626.abstract

DOI: 10.1177/1049731512453209


Context: The development of a consolidated knowledge base for social work requires rigorous approaches to identifying relevant research. Method: The quality of ten databases and a web search engine were appraised by systematically searching for research articles on resilience and burnout in child protection social workers. Results: ASSIA, Social Services Abstracts and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) had greatest sensitivity, each retrieving more than double any other database. PsycINFO and CINAHL had highest precision. Google Scholar had modest sensitivity, and good precision in relation to the first 100 items. SSCI, Google Scholar, Medline and CINAHL retrieved the highest number of hits not retrieved by any other database.Conclusion: A range of databases is required for even modestly-comprehensive searching. Advanced database searching methods are being developed but the profession requires greater standardisation of terminology to assist in information retrieval

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Databases, bibliographic; evidence based practice; information storage and retrieval; review literature as topic; systematic literature searching
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:23919
Deposited By: Professor Brian Taylor
Deposited On:06 Nov 2012 07:32
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:06

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