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January 22, 2013

DATABASE OF THE MONTH for JANUARY -- ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts provides resources to serve the information needs of the caring professions - whether the members of those professions are practitioners, researchers or students. It is unique in its focus on the practical problems of society and also in that it covers both sociology and psychology. The core disciplines to support practice are covered in depth and so central areas of coverage in ASSIA are:

Social problems like poverty and overcrowding, abuse, crime and violence, disease and disability, mental illness and addiction, racism and sexism, inequality and discrimination.

Social and psychological issues concerning drugs, gender, women and the family, education and employment, housing, migration, child and adolescent development, ageing, citizenship, ethnicity and nationality.

The social services, including social work, welfare, counseling and probation, and the police and prison services.

Some of the major topics covered include:

• Child Abuse • Housing • Race relations • Communication • Immigration • Religion s Criminology •
Industrial relations • Sexuality • Education • Geriatrics • Social work • Ethnic and minority studies • Legal issues • Substance abuse • Family •  Mental health • Unemployment • Health  • Nursing • Urban planning • Health policy • Psychology • Women's studies


ASSIA covers journal articles from a wide range of over 500 English language journals published in the United Kingdom (about 46%), USA (about 43%) and a wide variety of other countries from Australia to Zimbabwe. The majority of titles are from academic publishers and learned and professional societies or associations.

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstract is available to current students, faculty, and staff under “Databases” at the University Libraries’ web site at

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