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Human Service Work: Books & E-Books

This guide will help Human Service Work (HSW) students find research information in the OC Library collection and on the Internet.


To help you browse the shelves for library books and media relevant to your research, look at the following call number ranges:

BF 1-839 Psychology
BF 637
Behavior Modification
HV 40-1494 Social Serivce Work
HV 1551-3024   Disabilities
LC 1200-1203 Inclusive Education
LC 3950-4806.5 Special Education
RC 435-571 Mental Disorders
RJ 499-507               Child Mental Disorders    

Search Terms

A few examples of subject headings you can use when searching the OC Library catalogue.

Asperger's syndrome

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder


Autism in children

Behavior disorders

Behavior modification

Bipolar disorder

Brain damage

Canada social policy

Developmentally disabled

Disabled persons

Discrimination against people with


Down syndrome

Dual diagnosis

Group relations training

Helping behavior

Human services

Interpersonal communication

Manic depressive

Mental illness

Obsessive compulsive

People with disabilities

People with mental disabilities

Social group work

Special education


Substance abuse                                          

Locating Books

After you have found a book in the catalogue, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: If a book is not at your campus, you can request the item

Location: Where the book is found in the library (circulating, reference, or video shelves)

Call Number: The call number on the spine is used to find the book on the shelf

Status: Available or checked out (you can request a hold for a book that is checked out)


Renewing Items + Your Library Account

 View your Library account and renew materials.  Your library account also shows the status of items you've requested from another OC campus library.

Courtesy email notices are sent to your myOkanagan email.  These courtesy emails are sent when a two-week loan item must be returned or renewed and when a requested item has arrived from another library.

Finding books

Visit the Library Webpage and under  the tab BOOKS & MEDIA search the Library Catalogue by:

Keyword Anywhere
Author Keyword
Title Keyword
Subject Keyword

OCtopus-OC Library's Search Engine

You may also use OC Library's OCtopus search engine which also searches for not only books and media, but also articles, reference materials, and periodical databases and more!

Google Books Search

Google, in conjunction with a number of large research universities, is in the process of digitizing millions of books. For older books, where copyright has expired, anyone can view the entire book through Google Books (Look for books labelled "Full View"). Where copyright still applies - generally for newer books - a limited preview is often available.

Google Book Search

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