Social Work

Starting points and links for your Social Work research.

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Welcome to the Social Work Library Guide

In the pages of this guide find information about and links to important resources in Social Work.  Navigate using the menu on the left.

If you need help:

  • check out the tutorials.
  • ask for help at the Service Desk in the Library.
  • contact me to ask a question or to book a research appointment. 

I can often get you going in the right direction by email.

Getting Started

Where you look for information in Social Work depends on what you hope to find. There is no ONE PLACE to search for everything. Scholarly documents are often "owned" by an organization and you need to search a specific database to find them.

Before you start searching, know what you want to find:

  • find books using the Library Catalogue
  • find articles using indexes

Then think about keywords because they'll affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you review your results and learn from them.

Course textbooks and Reserve readings are usually a great place to start, since they provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of books under "Find Books" may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.

We have a set of 3 online tutorials that will get you started with your research (see the links on the left). You should read these tutorials before trying to do your research - it will save you time and frustration. Once you get beyond those basics, there may be other tutorials you want to check out.

Library Skills Tutorials

There are three basic tutorials you must read, in order to find your way around library research. If you haven't already seen them, take a few minutes now.

For more tutorials, see the Library Tutorials page.