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Social Care Online

The Social Care Online website/service has now closed down, it closed in March 2024 and the data was last updated in early 2023.

Social Care Online was first launched in May 2005 by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Previously it was known as the Electronic Library for Social Care (eLSC). Content originated from the National Institute for Social Work library and included resources dating back to the 1980s.

Social Care Online’s bibliographic data will continue to be available via the combined Social Policy and Practice database a subscription-based service. Please refer to your organisation’s information and library service for further information about this database and alternatives to Social Care Online relevant to your research interests.

Freely available alternative sources of information include:

  • Kings Fund Library Database for information relating to health and social care management and policy, systems, services and leadership.
  • NSPCC Library catalogue for safeguarding, child protection, child abuse and neglect.
  • AgeInfo – information resource provided by the Centre for Policy on Ageing Library Service, covering social gerontology.

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