ASSIA is a database available on the ProQuest search platform. It is designed to meet the information needs of the caring professions, and spans the literature of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. The database abstracts and indexes over 500 journals, from more than 16 countries, and is updated monthly.
The subject coverage in ASSIA includes:
• Health services
• Mental health services
• Social work
• Substance abuse
There are a number of ways to search ASSIA including Advanced Search options, however, the default search option is the Basic Search making it very quick and easy to get started. When viewing your results selecting the Detailed view option will display the SFX@SGUL buttons for each entry – this enables you to check whether the fulltext article is available via St George’s. You can refine your results using the Narrow results by options to the left of your search results. There are also a number of options for managing your search results including emailing and printing available at the top right of the results page. To save results and searches or set up alerts you will need to register for a My Research account, which is free.
For more information on searching using ProQuest there are a number of YouTube videos available that have been produced by ProQuest. Or alternatively, ProQuest have also produced an online guide, the ProQuest Platform Search Tips section is particularly useful.
ASSIA can be accessed via the Library’s Databases pages.