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Social Work

This guide is a collection of resources to make research and library use easier for the social work students, faculty, and staff. It's designed as a central hub of information about the library & its social work-related resources.

Primary Reference Works for Social Work

Social Science & Health Professional Databases

Interdisciplinary and cross-field research and collaboration are at the heart of social work research, in large part because of the nature of the issues and treatments that are being studied. You may find that other social science or allied health databases are very useful in social work research, including but not limited to:

Accessing Library Resources Remotely


Off-Campus Database Access
To access databases from off-campus, you must be a currently enrolled student, faculty member, or staff member with an active CUNY login. When signing into OneSearch or using any York Library databases, you will prompted to enter your CUNY login information. This is the simplest way to connect to library resources, and it's what we recommend.

CUNY Login troubleshooting

  • CUNY login format is, where “NN” is the last 2 digits of your CUNY EMPL ID
  • If you have trouble with your CUNY login, please see the CUNY Login FAQs or contact the York IT help desk via phone (718-262-5311), email (, or the Yconnect portal.

VPN troubleshooting

In the past, you may have used the York VPN, but this is no longer recommended for database access. If you are struggling to connect to databases, please make sure you are not logged in to the VPN.

  • If you are using the VPN for other reasons and have issues, contact the IT help desk via phone (718-262-5311), email (, or the Yconnect portal.

If you are having any trouble accessing resources remotely, please chat with us for immediate help, visit our FAQs, or email

New York Times Online Access

Free Academic Pass Registration

The Library is proud to present to all York College students, faculty and staff an 'Academic Pass' to the digital version of The New York Times. The Academic Pass provides you with full access to and the smartphone apps* for a period of 52 weeks from the date you activate it.

Go to

  1. Click on "Register" to create a account using your CUNY college email address.
  2. At the bottom of the Welcome page, click "Continue."
  3. If your email address is from a CUNY College, you will then see "Check your email." Look for our message, Confirm Your Email Address, which should arrive within 15 minutes.
  4. Click on the link in our confirmation email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass, which will provide access to for your campus designated period
  5. If you don’t get our confirmation email, check your spam filter.  If you still do not receive it, send an email from your school email account to

Smartphone Apps

Your academic pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone apps. To download your smartphone app, visit:

Once you have registered and selected your Academic Pass, you can then access from anywhere at any time during the life of that pass from most web capable devices*. Academic Pass Benefits

  • Enjoy your access to from any device
  • Use your Academic Pass from any location


* Does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps. NYTimes apps are not supported on all devices. Access to archived articles within the date range 1923-1980 is limited. You must have a valid email address from York College or any other CUNY College. Other restrictions may apply.

Wall Street Journal Online Access

The City University of New York has joined The Wall Street Journal in a collaboration that will provide students and faculty full access to WSJ.  WSJ provides career advice and ties real-world examples into what you learn,  giving you the opportunity to enhance your educational experience and stay ahead.

Wall Street Journal Access benefits include:

  • Unlimited access to
  • WSJ mobile and tablet apps
  • Curated WSJ newsletters
  • WSJ+, a complimentary premium membership for events and other offers

Activate your membership at

  1. Register for your WSJ account using your York college email address. The email and password you enter will be your future login. 
  2. For Account Type, select Student, Staff, or Professor. If you choose Student, you will need to enter an expected graduation date. If you choose Staff or Professor, you will need to reactivate in one year.
  3. Click Create
  4. You should be redirected to the Complete Your WSJ Membership page, where you can choose to register for WSJ Mobile access, subscribe to newsletters and alerts, or continue to right away. A verification email may also be sent to your York email address – if so, simply click the link and enter your password on the page to activate your account.

Once your account is active, you can use any app at

  • iPad & iPhone
  • Android tablets and phones
  • Apple Watch
  • Google Newsstand, Amazon Kindle Fire, Flipboard App