Social Work

Starting points and links for your Social Work research.

Catalogue Search

Click on the link below to search the Library Catalogue.


Library Catalogue Searches

To search the Library Catalogue for material on social work, use an Advanced Search.

Enter 'social work' as one search term.
  • This helps eliminate books with a Psychology, Sociology, or other approach to the topic.
  • Use single quotes around it, to keep the terms together as a phrase.
Enter another term to make it more specific - narrowing your search. 
  • 'social work' and children
  • 'social work' and 'substance abuse'
  • 'social work' and poverty
  • 'social work' and elderly
  • 'social work' and (gay$ or lesbian$)
  • 'social work' and (native$ or aboriginal$ or indian$ or first nation$)
Not all material will have 'social work' in the subject or title.  Search for your topic. 
  • 'social welfare' and canada
  • poverty and policy
  • welfare and history and canada
  • 'social service' and women
  • prisoners and programs


The majority of our e-books are included in the Library Catalogue and can be found with any search. The record includes a link to the e-book.

  • To limit a search to e-books, use the Power Search option and change the location to "E-Book".

The following resources contain collections of e-books. Most offer the option to create an account for yourself and save books, as well as adding notations and highlighting.

Sample Books

The relevant section of the Library for print books is in the HV call number range: Social and Public Welfare.

Here's a sample of books (online and print) you can find using the Library Catalogue.