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Social Work Research Guide

Mack, A. H. (2016). Clinical Textbook of Addictive Disorders, Fourth Edition. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Tait, A., & Wosu, H. (2016). Direct Work with Family Groups : Simple, Fun Ideas to Aid Engagement and Assessment and Enable Positive Change. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Velasquez, M. M. (2016). Group Treatment for Substance Abuse : A Stages-of-Change Therapy Manual. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Find Books & eBooks

When you're looking at books or eBooks as sources for information, remember that you don't necessarily have to read the whole book. Sometimes there will be a chapter or two on your topic that is just what you need. OCtopus will tell you what books we have and where they are shelved. 

Visit the Library Webpage and under  the tab try searching for resources on your topic. To start your search for example try using the keyword:  social work 

  • Then brainstorm other keywords that are similar such as social service

Search the Library Catalogue by:
Keyword Anywhere
        Author Keyword
        Title Keyword
        Subject Keyword

Want to restrict your search to books or eBooks only? Once you have performed your search you can use the limiters in the "Refine Results" column to the left of your search results. There are a couple of limiters that you can use:

  • Limit To: select "Catalog Only (Books & Media)"
  • Resource Types: select "Books" and/or "eBooks"

Books in your search results

  • Location tells you which campus library has the book
  • Click "Place Request" to have a book delivered from one campus to another
  • Click the book title and you can see the chapter titles under "content notes"

eBooks in your search results

  • Look for links like "Access Full Text" or "Click here to access eBook"
  • Choose to "read online" or download (some books may have restrictions on how many pages/chapters you can download)
  • "Search within book" allows you to search for keywords/phrases in the text

Locating Books

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. 

Call numbers relevant to SOCW

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    

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