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Social Work

Places to Begin: Reference Resources

General

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance    

Credo Reference
Includes several dictionaries of sociology and other titles under the subject Social Sciences

   
Encyclopedia of Social Work (4 vol.)   Ref HV12 .E53 2008
Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers   Ref HQ1236 .R29 2001
Public Human Services Directory    Ref HV 89.A55 2004
Social Security Administration's Office of Policy    
Social Workers’ Desk Reference   Ref HV 40 .S6464 2002
Statistical Abstract of the United States   Ref HA 202.S7

Specialized Reference Works

The Complete Directory for People with Disabilities     Ref HV 1553.C58 2002
Encyclopedia of Adoption   Ref HV 875.55 .A28 1991
Encyclopedia of American Prisons   Ref HV 9471 .E425 1996
Encyclopedia of Child Abuse    Ref HV 6626.5 .C57 2001
Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood:
In History and Society
  Ref HQ 767.84 .E53 2003
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice   Ref HV 6017 .E52 2002
Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior   Ref HV 5804 .E53 2000
Encyclopedia of Genocide   Ref HV 6322.7 E53 1999
Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia   Ref HQ 9 .H846 1994
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family   Ref HQ 9 .E52 2003
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Call Numbers to Browse By

HM Sociology   HT Communities. Classes. Races
HN Social history. Social problems. Social reform   HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
HQ The family. Marriage. Women   HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
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Subject Headings

Information on social work issues can be found under many headings in our online catalog. To become familiar with the vocabulary, consult the Encyclopedia of Social Work (Ref HV 35 .S6) and the Library of Congress Subject Headings (which you can browse in the online catalog.)

Emigration and immigration   Social case work
Family violence   Substance abuse
Foster home care   Welfare recipients
Public welfare   Welfare rights movement
School social work    
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Social Work Databases

Print

  • Social Work Abstracts (1994 - present)

Electronic

  • EBSCO

    • SocINDEX with Full Text - s ociology research database containing full text for 397 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1908, and 150 "priority" coverage journals. It also includes full text for more than 720 books and monographs, and full text for 6,743 conference papers. 

    • Academic Search Premier - provides full text for nearly 4,700 publications. Broad subject coverage dating as far back as 1975.



    • ERIC - contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals. From 1966 - present.

    • PsycARTICLES - includes full text articles on current issues in psychology. Contains articles from 52 journals published by the American Psychological Association and allied organizations. Coverage spans 1985 - present.
    • PsycINFO - summarizes journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations, dating as far back as 1840. Includes international material in over 24 languages.
  • LexisNexis
    Government & political news, Law reviews, Legal news, State legal research, Book reviews

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Web Resources

General

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Web site for the professional organization. Includes areas of specialty and resources--some require membership. Learn about the NASW.

Information for Practice:
International news for social service professionals on the profession and emerging scholarship. Aims to create a global sense of the profession and serve as a global socialization force for students. Includes news, articles, and grey literature.

Moving Ideas: The Electronic Policy Network
A menu directs you to articles on Children/Families, Crime/Justice, Education, Labor , Poverty, Race…

Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG)
The United Kingdom service selects quality Internet information for researchers and practitioners in the social sciences, business and law.

Social Work and Social Services Web Sites
Extensive listing of sites by topic. From the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Understanding Prejudice
Created in 2002 with funding from the National Science Foundation. Although this web site is intended to supplement an anthology entitled Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination, all pages and activities are freely available.

Urban Institute
A nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization.
The Urban Institute measures effects, compares options, shows which stakeholders get the most and least, tests conventional wisdom, reveals trends, and makes costs, benefits, and risks explicit.

Social Work Pioneers (from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation)
NASW Pioneers are social workers who have explored new territories and built outposts for human services on many frontiers. Some are well known; others less famous outside their immediate colleagues and the region where they live and work. But each has made an important contribution to the social work profession and to social policies through service, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration, or legislation.

Children, Families, Elderly

Child Welfare Information Gateway
A service of the Children's Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, providing information to help protect children and strengthen families.

Topics listed include: Family-Centered Practice, Child Abuse & Neglect (plus prevention and response), Supporting and Preserving Families, Out-of-Home Care, Achieving and Maintaining Permanency, Adoption, Cultural Competence and Assessment.

Resources include: National Adoption Directory Search (with State-by-State contact information for a variety of adoption-related organizations and services), Publications Search, Statistics, National Organizations and others..

Internet Resources on Aging
Access to 500 sites that AARP has reviewed and selected.æ Each link is reviewed and tested and either updated or removed every four months. Eleven broad topics available for searching, includes abstracts of publications.

National Center for Children in Poverty
NCCP is a Columbia University research organization to prevent child poverty in the United States and improve the lives of low-income children and families. They research policies that promote: --Economically secure families, --Children entering school ready to succeed , --Stable, nurturing families.

Poverty

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center works at the federal and state levels, researching proposed budget and tax policies to assess the impact on low-income people.

National Center for Children in Poverty
NCCP is a Columbia University research organization to prevent child poverty in the United States and improve the lives of low-income children and families. They research policies that promote: --Economically secure families, --Children entering school ready to succeed , --Stable, nurturing families.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice (formerly the Welfare Law Center) advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals and communities across the country.

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Government Sites & Laws

accessIndiana
This is the official web site of the State of Indiana. Menu topics include: Family, health, safety; Law, justice; Public Assistance. There are links to many other related agencies and organizations.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Database of all federal programs available to state and local governments.

GPO Access
GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important and official information products produced by the Federal Government.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice (formerly the Welfare Law Center) advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals and communities across the country.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Administered by the Office of Justice Programs*, U.S. Dept. of Justice.
Includes topics: Corrections, Courts, Drugs and Crime, International, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement, Victims of Crime, Statistics, and more&. Some topics have more up-to-date information than others.

The NCJRS Virtual Library searches full-text publications on the website (go to the menu at the far right of the home page) as well as from the web sites of the agencies of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs* and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

*The Office of Justice Programs include the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

Social Security Administration's Office of Policy
Provides policy analysis and research, evaluation, and statistics. Offers access to the Social Security Bulletin and Annual Statistical Supplement, along with many other reports and statistics.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Summarizes statistics on social, political, and economic characteristics of the U.S.

THOMAS Legislative Information on the Internet
The Library of Congress maintains this site of legislative information including bills, laws, committee reports, Senate & House schedules, etc.

 

 

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Updated 08-Feb-2011 SJM