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Social Work Research Guide

A guide to resources for social work research at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Finding Books

Use OneSearch on the library's homepage to find books and ebooks, and to find items to borrow from other libraries. Visit our OneSearch guide for more information or take a look at the video below. 



Finding Print Books on the Shelves

Image breaking down the different parts of a call number on a book.

Subject Headings

Subject Headings are a great way to find books on your topic in OneSearch

1. First, do a simple keyword search on your topic and limit to Resource Type > Books

2. Second, click on the book's title and scroll down to Subjects

3. Click on any of the subjects to be taken to other books assigned that same subject heading. 

Browsing the Print Collection

The Cal Poly Humboldt Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System to organize books alphabetically by subject area.* The alphabetical section for Social Sciences is "H" and the subclasses are shown below. You can use these to browse the physical books in our collection. 

*Keep in mind that many of the library's more current books are in ebook format, which you can find by using OneSearch. 


  • 1H - Social sciences (General)
  • 2HA - Statistics
  • 3HB - Economic theory; Demography
  • 4HC - Economic history and conditions
  • 5HD - Industries; Land use; Labor
  • 6HE - Transportation and communications
  • 7HF - Commerce
  • 8HG - Finance
  • 9HJ - Public finance
  • 10HM - Sociology (General)
  • 11HN - Social history and conditions; Social problems; Social reform
  • 12HQ - The family; Marriage; Woman; Sexuality
  • 13HS - Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
  • 14HT - Communities; Classes; Races
  • 15HV - Social pathology; Social and public welfare; Criminology
  • 16HX - Socialism; Communism; Anarchism

For a more detailed look at what areas of "H" you may want to explore, take a look at the Library of Congress Classification Outline