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Social Work: Find Books

Use this guide for help with library research in the field of social work.

Online Reference Books

Online reference books related to social work. 

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Services to request books:


Tips for searching the library catalog

Subject Searching 

There are two main subject headings for social work:  Social Work Administration and Social Service.

There are sub-headings that will also be helpful.

Example:  social work administration--case studies

There are also many other subject headings that cover topics related to the concerns of social workers.

Example:  juvenile delinquency

Selected subject headings related to social work

child welfare      family      gerontology      psychotherapy      social service      social welfare      social work administration      social work education      social work with children      social work with minorities      social work with the aged      social workers

Keyword Searching

You can also do a keyword search on any topic, but remember to use synonyms to cover your concepts completely.

Example:  homelessness AND (children OR youth)

Example:  (teenagers or adolescents) AND alcoholism

Title Searching

(Search by title and  limit your search to Journals/Serials to learn whether the library subscribes to a particular


Example:  Child Abuse and Neglect (a hot link - means full text of recent years may be available online.

Example:  Social Work may be found on level two at the call number HV1.S675

Example:  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation--All issues go directly to the stacks at HV9261.O33

Subject Guide

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