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Social Work

Find books, article databases, and trusted websites to explore and research all aspects of social work.

General Reference Sources

If you're having a hard time getting ideas for your paper topic or you need to look up basic information about a particular area of Social Work, try looking at one of the reference works listed below. Dictionaries and encyclopedias provide concise, detailed, scholarly descriptions theories, issues, methods, and more. Use them for background information and to find effective search terms for online databases.

The sources in this section contain information about all areas of Social Work and are often the best sources available. Use them as a starting point for research into any topic.

If you need more information or another viewpoint, try one of the more specific resources listed by subject further down the page.

Print reference books can be found in the Reference Section, near the Learning Commons on the first level of the library.

Aging and Gerontology

Children and Families

Youth Services


Health and Mental Health

Immigrants and Refugees


Poverty and Homelessness

Substance Abuse and Addiction