information services

Third Sector Knowledge Portal

Online library and web catalogue, developed by the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) to promote and preserve evidence, research and analysis of the ever-changing work of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

It brings together academic analysis, government studies, and reports from third sector organisations themselves, in one easy to use collection of links and downloads.

Social welfare at the British Library

Website which provides research publications on the topic of social welfare policy, including information on children and families; older adults; people with disabilities; minority groups; community development and regeneration; welfare benefits; employment, education, health, housing and social services; and offenders and the criminal justice service.

Local Government Information Unit

Think tank and membership organisation with a mission to strengthen local democracy to put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services.

The social services information landscape in Scotland. A video tour.

This short video offers a guide to who's who and who does what in the social services in Scotland. It highlights the key players - such as IRISS, NHS Education for Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council, Care Commission - and the services they provide.

Academia.eu

An online resource for academics to share research papers.

Web search strategies in plain English

Video resource which describes (in an easy to understand way) how search engines work and how to find specific information quickly and efficiently.

Making Research Count

A national collaborative research dissemination initiative, established by a consortium of universities (including the University of Bedfordshire) and developed by regional centres.

The consortium of universities has a proven track record in social work and social care research, as well as providing social work education at qualifying and post qualifying levels. These common interests provide a foundation to promote '‘knowledge-based practice” in social work and social care.

Information skills for researchers

An information literacy skills website for postgraduate researchers (i.e. students completing their masters thesis, MPhil, EdD or PhD qualifications). This website offers a framework for: auditing your current skills; developing new skills and improving existing skills; and planning future information literacy skills development.

Google Guide

An online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and others.

Scottish Addiction Studies Drug and Alcohol Library

Resource owned and maintained by Scottish Addiction Studies that has been providing quality teaching and research in the addictions since 1984.

The library was originally intended for our own on-line students but was made generally available in 2001. Unlike many on-line libraries, this resource specialises in full-text documents, most of which are available for download.