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Social Work Research Guide  

This guide presents library resources for research in Social Work
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Basic and quick searching

The library supplies some highly specialized databases of articles and other data, but  the Quick Search for Books, Articles & Media A.K.A. Articles+  on the home page of the library is a good starting point and can often find you what you need.

On the same homepage is a link to Google Scholar, a service that provides access to a huge range of scholarly literature, as well as pattent information.  Look for the full text at HSU links and go directly to the articles.  


Print Reference Sources

Become familiar with these three authoritative reference works.  The first one is in its 20th edition with a new edition pending.

You will find these and more in the Reference Collection - here are the major categories to browse:

  • HM- Sociology (General)
  • HN- Social History and Conditions, Social Problems, Social Reform
  • HQ- The Family, Marriage, Women
  • HT- Communities, Classes, Races
  • HV- Social Pathology, Social and Public Welfare, Criminology

Online Encyclopedias

Here are two recommended subject encyclopedias available through the subscription database, Gale Virtual Reference Library, at the HSU Library. If you are accessing these from off campus you will be prompted for your (HSU) email address.

  • Encyclopedia of Research Design (2010, 3 vols) from Gale
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2008, 9 vols) from Gale

Gale Virtual Reference Library   Combined search for 120 fulltext reference works from Gale Research. 


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