Systematic literature searching in social work: case study on intimate partner violence

Tony McGinn, Brian J Taylor, Mary McColgan, Janice McQuilkin

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Abstract

Context - developments in literature search methods and comparisons of search facilities help facilitate access to the best available evidence for social workers. Method - the performance of 14 databases and web search engines were appraised by applying a search formula for articles related to the process of change for perpetrators of intimate partner violence.Results - overall, search precision was very low. Seventy-two out of seventy-eight relevant articles were found on just six of the search facilities used. Social Services Abstracts performed best. Web search engines did not contribute any unique hits, and achieved poor search sensitivity scores.Conclusion - the need to use a range of databases was confirmed. Several databases were identified as being particularly geared toward this sub-topic. Databases have performed inconsistently across case studies to date. New approaches to pilot-testing search facilities and scoping search terms proved useful. Accessing evidence for social work practice must become more straightforward.
LanguageEnglish
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volumeunknow
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2014

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Keywords

  • Databases
  • bibliographic
  • evidence based practice
  • information storage and retrieval
  • review literature as topic
  • systematic literature searching
  • intimate partner violence
  • domestic violence.

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