SOCW 4303 (Dr. Melody Loya): Social Services to Children and Families

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library that will make research for your social work assignments easier.

Reference Sources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Blackwell encyclopaedia of social work
HV12 .B53 2000 (Reference)
Single volume, brief scholarly articles with references. Primarily British perspective.
Encyclopedia of social work
HV35 .S6 1995 and HV35 .S61 1997 Supp. (Reference)
Detailed articles about social work, with bibliography for each article. Three volume set with later supplement, complete index in each volume.
The social work and human services treatment planner
HV689 .S63 2000 (NetLibrary)
Step by step instructions for developing individualized treatment plans for clients with a variety of circumstances, such as child abuse, neglect of a child, family conflict, foster care maladjustment, etc.
The social work dictionary
HV12 .B37 2003 (Reference)
In addition to brief terminology definitions, includes common acronyms and a chronology of key developments in the field.



Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as abused children
  • the general LC subject heading child abuse -- prevention.
  • Use the subject term social service for items about the activities of social work, but use social work administration or social work education for those specialized areas of the field.
  • Journals for social work can be found by doing a subject search for social service periodicals
Numerous electronic books and documents are also available via the catalog, such as the following:


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Academic Search Complete
General cross-disciplinary database, mostly full-text. SFX logo is activated.
Multi-database search
Simultaneously searches Academic Search Complete, CINAHL which is nursing oriented, PsycINFO which has psychological assessments and research, and Social Work Abstracts, which searches ONLY social work professional publications.
Social Work Subject Guide
Suggests other databases that have social work content. Also check the subject guides for sociology and psychology.

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Web Sites

Social Work Web Site

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has summaries of relevant topics.
National Association of Social Workers
Professional Association for your profession. Provides information about the profession, conferences, continuing education, pay issues, and legal issues.


Citing Your Sources

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?

APA Citation Style


Your Comments

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