Research guide to social work, social sciences and pedagogy resources
Be efficient in your research and use the various databases, reference works and additional literature in the field of social work, social sciences and pedagogy.
We recommend that you search the databases in order to research and review up-to-date and discipline-specific content on a topic. They mostly contain references to resources as well as full text articles from journals. Depending on the database, additional types of publications such as conference reports, book chapters, pictures, videos and much more are included.
The table below provides an overview of the databases in the area of social work and pedagogy. Please note that databases marked with an asterisk (*) require special access information. You will find more information in the details of each database (in German).
|edudoc - Schweizerischer Dokumentenserver Bildung||education system||references, some full texts|
|ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center Database||pedagogy||references, some full texts|
|FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank||pedagogy||references, research data|
|FORS - Schweizer Stiftung für die Forschung in den Sozialwissenschaften||social sciences||references, some full texts, research data, research projects|
|IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences||social sciences||references|
|Oxford Bibliographies: Social Work||social work||references|
|Social Services Abstracts||social work||references|
|Sozialhilferecht||social law||references, some full texts, handbooks, occupational pensions act (BVG)|
|Teacher Reference Center||pedagogy||references|
|WISO||economics, social sciences||references, some full texts|
* Requires access information. You will find more information in the details of each database (in German)
Open access portals
Search for scientific publications that are worldwide freely available, also known as open access publications.
Reference works are the ideal starting point for your research. In addition to defining concepts, they help you to gain an overview of a topic, narrow down a topic and find key concepts for future work.
All electronic reference works can be found and searched in the e-media portal. The selection of titles below provides you with a quick introduction to your specialist area. General reference works can also be found with the monolingual (in German) and multilingual dictionaries (in German).
Bachelor's and master's theses
Bachelor’s theses with a grade of 5.0 and higher are available to borrow. Some master’s thesis are published electronically and are freely accessible via the ZHAW digitalcollection.