Subject Area Highlight: Social Work
The study of Social Work encompasses a broad variety of disciplines.
These include but are not limited to: sociology, public health,
nursing, psychology, education, and political science. For this
reason, resources heavily used by social work students are equally
useful to students and faculty members with a variety of different
academic interests. We would like to highlight some social work
related resources with the hope that they can be helpful to the
wider BC community.
Social Workers regularly deal with mental health issues on both a community level and with individual clients. For mental health related research, there is Psychiatry Online. Produced by American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., this powerful new tool includes full-text access to The American
Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and other leading journals in the field. It includes online practice guidelines for a variety of mental health disorders. A key feature of this new resource is the online DSM Library which includes the DSM-IV-TR, the DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and representative case studies for psychiatric disorders. Another new online tool is PsycBooks. This is a full-text source of books and books chapters published by the American Psychological Association. PsycBooks now has offerings from over 13,000 titles, including out-of-print titles. As part of the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts package, PsycBooks can be searched simultaneously with databases such as PsycInfo and Social Services Abstracts.
The library has a broad range of resources for social workers
and other researchers interested in public policy issues. An
excellent starting point for this type of research is Facts
on File. This powerful tool includes a world almanac, an
archive of news stories going back to 1940, country profiles,
and an “Issues and Controversies” link on the upper
right hand corner of the page. This link will bring you to an
alphabetical listing of controversial contemporary issues. Each
profile of a controversy will present you with an outline and
history of the issue in the United States. For journal articles
on policy issues, there is PAIS
International, and ASSIA:
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts. PAIS International
covers public policy issues ranging from affirmative action to
child labor. ASSIA is an interdisciplinary database covering
publications in psychology, social work, the health sciences,
sociology, education, and other major social science disciplines.
Because of the interdisciplinary scope, it is an excellent database
for research on a policy issue that encompasses a broad variety
of subject areas.
Social Work Librarian
Please contact a social work librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can offer you any assistance.