Using search results
The drop down menu for 'Sort by' appears on the results page. Select a sort and press "Go" to reorder your results.
Search results can be sorted by:
- Date added [to Social Care Online - most recent first]
- Title [A-Z]
- Author [A-Z]
- Publication date [most recent first]
- Cited in SCIE publication [items that are cited in a SCIE publication will appear first, unless none of the records retrieved is cited in a SCIE publication]
SCIE’s publications are based on rigorous research and literature reviews. This feature enables Social Care Online users to sort results so that those items that are cited in SCIE publications appear first in the list.
The summary record of items cited in SCIE publications
displays this symbol.
The full record contains a link to the SCIE publication record on Social Care Online.
The results screen has a number of options for refining your search results.
If you have used the simple, intermediate or advanced search you can add or remove additional terms and run your search again without having to leave the results page.
a) Initial search
b) Revised search
if you have come to the results page via the browse option the breadcrumbing at the top of the screen shows where you are in the topic tree.
Filters allow you to limit your results by the following areas:
Full text only (Please note not all records have links to full text. Go to How to get full text for more information)
circular – government circulars, including: Local Authority Circulars (LAC), Welsh Assembly Government Circulars (WAGC), Health Service Circulars (HSC)
consultation document – government consultations published by central government departments, executive agencies (eg Child Support Agency) and non-departmental public bodies (eg Audit Commission and Youth Justice Board)
directory - including items which are listings of organisations or contacts, and items which include substantial listings or directories within their contents.
event – information about social care workshops, training sessions and conferences. These records are submitted by Social Care Online users.
good practice – including publications and practice guides produced by non-government organizations which provide standards for good practice. Service examples which have been identified as ‘good practice’ in the literature are also included.
government publication – items published by central government departments, executive agencies (eg Child Support Agency) and non-departmental public bodies (eg Audit Commission and Youth Justice Board).
guidance - guidance issued by central government departments (eg Department of Health), executive agencies (eg Child Support Agency) and non-departmental public bodies (eg Audit Commission and Youth Justice Board).
inspection report – inspection reports from regulatory bodies eg Care Quality Commission; Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills).
legislation - including Acts of Parliament (primary legislation) and statutory instruments and regulations (delegated or secondary legislation).
policy document – including government policy documents.
practice- including service models, descriptions and examples of services, overviews and descriptions of practice methods; and case examples.
research – including reports of primary research, research articles, summaries of research and records from the Research Register for Social Care (RRSC).
research review - including research reviews, literature reviews, knowledge reviews and systematic reviews.
standards – including government standards and standards issued from national bodies with statutory authority.
statistics – including digests of statistics, statistical bulletins, national statistical surveys and major statistical reports.
training material – including training and teaching packs; training and teaching manuals; and online training resources.
article - for example: research, practice and current awareness articles from journals, magazines and newsletters.
audio/visual material – multi-media and non print media, for example: CDs, audio tape, videos, DVDs and Social Care TV records.
book – monograph publications available in print or via the internet, for example: government documents, legislation, research reports, briefing papers, discussion documents, text books, training material, biographies and autobiographies.
journal – journal records provide a short description of the coverage of a title and provide a link to the home page of the journal, magazine or newsletter when available.
online resource – interactive material developed for the web, for example: web tutorials, e-learning material, blogs and databases.
research register – records from the Research Register for Social Care (RRSC), which includes current and completed research carried out by local authorities, research organisations and Department of Health funded research.
SCIE publication - items published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
website – website records provide a short description and link to an organisational website
A combination of content type and/or format can also be used to refine search results.
Note: Since most of the data (articles up to 2005) in the database has been transferred across from Social Care Online's predecessor much of it has not yet been indexed to this level.
The summary and full results pages can be printed using the print option on your browser. The printed version removes all headings, footers and menus from the page prior to printing to maximise the space for records.
Note: Using the browser print option will only print the current page of results. To print all the results from a search use the export as text file option and use Notepad or MSWord to open file and print.