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Writing Literature Reviews - Galvan; Jose L. Galvan
Call Number: H61.8 .G3 2009
ISBN: 1884585868
Publication Date: 2009-01-01


Articles relevant to Social Work can be found in multiple databases, including newspaper collections. The first two below are your best bets to get started; check the others for more focused research, or see the Topics tab.

  • Social Services Abstracts
    Find current research about social services and welfare, including mental health services, crisis intervention, evaluation research, gerontology, policy and planning, poverty and homelessness, violence, and more.
  • Academic Search Premier
    With both scholarly and popular articles, this database is great for multidisciplinary topics, including social work issues from different perspectives.
  • PsycINFO / PsycArticles
    With articles and books, PsycINFO covers all aspects of psychology. Use it for social work topics that overlap with psychology, mental health, mental disabilities, addictions, and more.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Find sociological research, including family and social welfare, substance abuse, criminology, health, social development, and more.
  • DSM 5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
    PsychiatryOnline contains the DSM library. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. This site contains online access for the DSM V. Site also includes electronic access to all the previous editions of the DSM.
  • Political Science Complete
    This is an excellent place to research the laws, legislation and the politics behind most social issues, nationally and internationally.
  • CQ Researcher
    Though not considered scholarly, this is a great source for easy-to-understand overviews of contemporary issues, including social services, disability, health, human rights, etc.
  • ProQuest Newspapers
    Use newspaper articles to find local perspectives (both policy and opinion). Here you can find the Star Tribune and other major U.S. newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Great for comparing policy in foreign countries, LexisNexis provides full-text coverage of major national and foreign newspapers. It also includes TV and radio transcripts and federal and state cases and codes.
  • Find It!
    No full text? Click "Find It" by the article to get it elsewhere, or to order it (learn more).


Explore a wide range of Social Work topics using the books below.

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Encyclopedia of Social Work - Mizrahi, Terry; Davis, Larry E.
Call Number: Reference HV35 .S6 v. 1–4
Use it online!
This superb set is a great place to start investigating all aspects of social work: social policy and history, practice and interventions, social environments, and social conditions and challenges.

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Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare - Sowers, Karen M.; Dulmus, Catherine N.
Call Number: Reference HV40 .C635 2008 v. 1–4
Your go-to source for in-depth discussions, here you can find the basics of the profession (v. 1); theory (v. 2); assessment, intervention, and specific populations (v. 3); and social policy (v. 4).

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Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups - Gitterman, Alex; Salmon, Robert
Call Number: Reference HV45 .E53 2009
Find a comprehensive overview of different group work approaches, working with specific populations and ages, and more.

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Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work - Turner, Francis J.
Call Number: Reference HV12 .C36 2005
Explore hundreds of diverse social work and welfare topics in the Canadian context.

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Encyclopedia of Counseling - Leong, Frederick T. L.
Call Number: Reference BF636.54 .E53 2008 v. 1–4
Find a comprehensive overview of the major theories, approaches, and contemporary issues in counseling. Volume 3 in particular focuses on cross-cultural issues.

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International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences - Darity, Jr., William A.
Call Number: Reference H40.A2 I5 2008 v. 1–9
This enormous set covers all aspects of the social sciences. See the articles on "Social Issues and Policy" in v. 1, p. CXLIX for places to start.

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Social Work Diagnosis in Contemporary Practice - Turner, Francis J.
Call Number: Third Level HV40 .S6178 2005
With a focus on diagnostic skill development, this work underscores developmental stages, various situations, diverse populations, and innovative approaches to practice.

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